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'Soup Nazi' company files for bankruptcy

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Soupman Inc, the company that licensed the name and recipes of the chef who inspired the tyrannical "Soup Nazi" character on the television comedy Seinfeld, has filed for bankruptcy.

Last month Soupman's former chief financial officer, Robert Bertrand, was indicted for tax evasion after being charged with 20 counts of failing to pay Medicare, Social Security and federal income taxes.

Based in Staten Island, New York, Soupman sells products under the Original SoupMan brand.

Soupman traces its roots to 1984, when Al Yeganeh opened his soup shop on West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan and soon had long lines of customers.

Yeganeh was the inspiration for Yev Kassem, a character first portrayed by Larry Thomas in a 1995 Seinfeld episode who was known for making customers follow strict rules to order or risk being turned away with his forceful cry: "No soup for you!"

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