NEW YORK – A Soup Nazi (search) could soon be wielding his ladle in your neighborhood.
Al Yeganeh — whose steaming bowls of soup and boiling temper inspired the famous Soup Nazi character on "Seinfeld" (search) in the mid 1990s — is franchising his Soup Kitchen International.
William Ciaramello of International Gourmet Soups, a soup manufacturer that is partnering with Yeganeh on the deal, said he's not sure yet how much the franchises will go for.
He's hoping to get between $15,000 and $20,000.
If no one springs for a franchise in your area, don't worry, you won't have to go soupless.
Some of the group's offerings will be canned and sold at supermarkets, said Ciaramello.
"Al is currently developing recipes with us in our factory," Ciaramello said.
Yeganeh, whose shop on West 55th Street is closed for the summer, could not be reached for comment.
Up to now, he's refused to capitalize on his fame.
He's even said he was furious about his portrayal on TV — insulting customers who dawdle, don't have their money ready or take more than a second to decide between chowder or gazpacho.
His character's signature line on TV was, "No soup for you!"
"It should be interesting to see how well it does, when you consider part of it is the way the customers are supposed to be treated," said Terry Hill, a spokesman for the International Franchise Association in Washington, D.C.