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Seinfeld Soupman returns to Atlanta to serve soup to fans

The Soup Nazi of Seinfeld fame returns to Atlanta this month.

Actor Larry Thomas who popularized the phrase "No soup for you" is in town October 21 and 22 serving up soup to fans.

Thomas drew crowds at local Kroger stores during his last visit in January. In the years since the actor embodied the Soup Nazi role, he has become something of a real life soupman. In 2014 he released the autobiography, " Confessions of a Soup Nazi: An Adventure in Acting and Cooking."

Recently, the actor has appeared in several live theater productions while also making appearances nationwide as the Soup Nazi. He took chicken noodle soup to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. And last month, he made a special appearance at Bally in Las Vegas for the debut of the Seinfeld Slot Machine which naturally features the Soup Nazi.

This month, Thomas is helping Original Soupman soups kick off soup season by serving the new Original Soupman Shrimp Bisque (as well as other flavors like Jambalaya, Crab Corn Chowder, Chicken Noodle, Lobster Bisque and more) at store demos as follows (dates/times subject to change):

October 21: 12 - 3 p.m., Publix, 536-2452 Cumberland Parkway SE, Atlanta

October 22: 12 - 3 p.m., Kroger, 800 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta

The Seinfeld character was based on Al Yeganeh, who began serving his soups with a side of sourpuss, in 1984 at a storefront on West 55th Street in New York.

Here's the story from the Seinfeld cast about how it all came to be and how upset Yaganeh was about the publicity he got from the show:

After Seinfeld, Yeganeh closed the shop and began franchising and building the Original Soupman brand.

Several years ago, the original store on 55th street re-opened. There are locations across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.