Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Original Soupman/Crepe Maker at northpark

While most of the blah-blah re: the Glorious Makeover of NorthPark Center has centered on Barney’sBarney’sBarney’s, there's news that may interest those w/ a culinary bent. Namely, that HERE NOW* is the la-dee-da first-in-TX branch of The Original Soupman, the now-franchiseable chain launched by Seinfeld cameo-ite Al Yeganeh (w/ corporate partner types), paired w/ a FL concept called Crepe Maker ("home of the handheld crepe"). Crepes, OKfinewhatever, but thumbs up to good soups, rare in Dallas. Hope they'll execute their menu - soups, salads, cold sandwiches, toasted paninis - in a quality manner; nobody seems able to do that in dallas. Their website’s good, the best thing being a pull-down "rules" menu that includes rules for press (e.g., "only some of the questions emailed may be answered") and rules for customers offered in 11 languages. (Dutch for "Pick the soup you want!": Kies de soep die u wil!)

8687 N. Central Expwy. 214-363-1950

*thanks to mr & mrs bk!


12 Comments:

At January 24, 2007 9:16 AM, Blogger BK said...

Are you sure that this place is not open? I ask because there is a soup place at the corner, in the new food mart, that my wife raves about. I've walked by it, but can't remember what it was named.

And their website shows a menu for today.
http://www.originalsoupman.com/l_location.aspx?lid=53

 
At January 24, 2007 9:20 AM, Blogger Kirk said...

The Dutch name for this place is:

Ik ben niet de soep nazi!

 
At January 24, 2007 11:22 AM, Anonymous tg said...

thank you to mr & mrs bk - she apparently knows more about the comings & goings of northpark than the northpark SECURITY OFFICE. (i guess i could've waited to talk to the PR first before posting this item but i was anxious.)

item updated, 10-Q very much

 
At January 24, 2007 12:06 PM, Anonymous Molly said...

Well it's about time somebody posted something new on here!

Err, I mean, gee, that's nice.

 
At January 24, 2007 3:23 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

You made a mistake TG, NO SOUP FOR YOU!!

 
At January 24, 2007 4:25 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

So do they have coffee or what?

 
At January 24, 2007 5:02 PM, Blogger BK said...

Northpark is her 2nd home, esp. Nordie's for lunch. Yer welcum!

 
At January 25, 2007 6:01 AM, Anonymous dolly said...

Oh shut up, Molly

 
At August 29, 2007 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard that most of The Original Soupman locations are shutting down because they can' t make it. The story that you hear on the street that 45th St/3rd Ave, 78th Street/3rd Ave, Harlem closed because they could no longer incur all the losses from the business (six figure losses, in less than a year, each). High Cost of Products from Franchisor plus No Customers=Financial Disater!
Walk by the one's that are open 42nd/5th, 56th/Lex, Rock Center at 48th, Trinity Place, Hanover Square...there is never anyone in them. The poor Operators lost Hundreds of Thousands of dollars while their Franchisor continues to get richer. Other locations are for sale, too. Hanover Square, owned by one of the investors of Soupman opened in January 2007 and almost immediately put their store on the block. Hasn't sold yet. None of the stores can sell and the Franchisor denies there's a problem! Others closed down and some even filed for bankruptcy, Scranton, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Boulder, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Myrtle Beach, SC. Maybe Al Yeganeh and the rest of the company should start feeding their Operators along with the Charities that they claim to donate to. There will come a time when their operators are on line at one of the Soup Kitchens because they lost everything to The Original Soupman. The operators are dropping by leaps and bounds while the Franchisor hides this information and gets richer. New operators and investors are none the wiser....but for how long.

 
At September 15, 2007 12:44 AM, Blogger Soupman said...

Dear "Annoymous"

I am the owner/operator of The Original Soupman/crepemaker at North Park Center. Can't speak for some of the dissenters but know of many opeators who, like me, are enjoying bringing world class soups to their markets, and whose businesses are steadily growing. This is a young concept (first franchise opened just over two years ago) that has a remarkably good product. Hope you'll come by and try for yourself.

 
At March 19, 2008 4:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've encountered all kinds of questionable things at The North Park location, that I haven't encountered at any of the stores in New York nor Florida, I have the understanding its two different franchises cool something new you know, I have had good and bad experiences.

The good= Me and my granddaughter walk the second floor of the mall daily been doing this for years, me and one of the cook's/chefs at the establishment would pull up at the same time he always kept a nonchalant yet stern look on his face like he does not play around, but we'd speak daily and proceeded going on with our daily routine, I watched him open the store by himself every single day..then when the store finally open,watched him put his chef hat or the soup hat on wash hands and bam the store is open, I joked with him everyday about eating the soup one day, he told me whenever I'm ready come on and when I'd finished I would have the best nap ever..lol.

One day I did, so I asked if he would decide for me, since its my first time, he asked if I wanted to eat light or was I really hungry? told him I was real hungry and he suggested a crepe called the queen of hearts, one of the biggest crepes I have ever seen or ate in my life and he insisted me to get pesto sauce on it, he cooked it, and begun to ring my order, one thing I noticed was that he had a glove which touch the food at all times and a gloveless hand, as he rung it up, he did everything with the gloveless hand took my money,gave me my change n receipt all in one motion, with the same hand, went back washed his hands put a new glove on and proceeded with handing me my order. I commended him on that, that was something hardly ever seen these types of mall establishments it was nice and sanitary, I enjoyed the crepe told him I would return for the soup and I did and it was the same routine and I became a regular had just about every crepe on the crepe menu and just about all the soups everything was delectable..and when I got home.. I would have one of the most peacefullest naps...my God

The bad= I returned to the mall once and from my experience at the soupman establishment I decided to go back, did my daily routine and since my friend wasnt there, I thought hell, I should get the same treatment boy was I wrong, this time I did my rounds notice only worker there was constantly mopping and as I made my final round around the mall, he was still mopping and I approached counter he greeted me as he placed the mop on a mall behind him and as he greeted me I noticed his chef coat had general manager, keep general manager in mind as I finish.

He greeted me, in a kind yet corny tone as I spoke to him I noticed someone has been on a drinking binge on the previous night because the beer odor was coming out his pours and on his breath, I told him my order and he proceeded to make the crepe..then when I noticed he didn't wash hands from messing with mop and wiping his brow from the sweat on him, I quickly changed my order to something alot cheaper.

I watched him use the same glove he touched my food with to take money and he went back and forth from glove hand to gloveless twice as he punched the order...at this point I'm sick to my stomach, my order is still cooking, he continues mopping, then his cell phone rung he answered talked,hung up and came back to my order and handed it to me. Told me to have a crepe day..I left n discarded it.

I came back another time It was the GM and another guy the GM looked as if he was leaving so I said hey, hope I have better experience with him, so I approached him about a crepe since he was the only person there at the time, I asked him his name he told me Mike, and I asked him for a crepe, he looked as if he was a student in class that didn't study and didn't want to get called upon.. He was figgity and then he was like I don't make crepes, I am like what you in the store and I been here enough to know that you have a red shirt on you're obviously a supervisor whats good in being a supervisor and you cannot do anything in the store, then an older black lady came in washed her hands and he was like this is what I have them for, and the black lady looked and asked me how could she help me, I told her what I wanted and wanted to know how come the Mike fellow didn't fix my crepe, she said its not what you know its who you know, and that sealed it, I got my crepe as usual ate that one because she did take sanitary precautions...in making it ...and left..

I have been back on different occasions and when I notice the friendly face's that have treated me kindly and well I bought, but when I see the GM and His supervisor I steer clear..

 
At September 16, 2010 12:56 AM, Blogger homeycozyangel said...

HEY, IT'S ALL COOL AT THE 'ORIGINAL SOUPMAN' BUT IT'S ENTIRELY 'BIZARRO' WITH THE
FAKE 'SOUPMAN' IN DEEP ELLUM
WHO PRETENDS TO BE A HOMELESS ADVOCATE BUT HE'S A TOTAL FLAKE
AND EVERY HOMELESS PERSON WILL AGREE THAT IS WATERY SOUP IS NOTHING BUT CRAP AND PEOPLE DONATE TO THIS FOOL TO SERVE -
WATER!
ALSO, THIS GUY HAS NEVER HAD AN ORIGINAL IDEA IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE BUT HE'S A DOOFUS WHEN IT COMES TO
STEALING AND COPYMENT THE CREATIVE LABORS OF OTHERS.
THIS GUY HAD THE GALL TO STEAL
A CHRISTMAS CHARITY CONCEPT AT THE HYATT THAT WAS ACTUALLY STARTEF BY A FORMERLY HOMELESS PERSON. I THINK THIS GUY WILL BURN IN HELL FOR BEING SO CRUEL
TO THIS HOMELESS PERSON AND THE MEDIA REFUSES TO REVEAL THE TRUTH BECAUSE THEY'RE PROBABLY GETTING PAID TO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH.
ANYONE WHO THINKS THEIR ARE NO KICK-BACKS IN THE MEDIA IS TOTALLY NAIVE!

 

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