November 10, 2016 // Franchising.com // CINCINNATI, OH – Fresh soup lovers have already made Zoup! a popular destination in downtown Cincinnati and Mason.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Eastgate area will get a Zoup! all its own as the fast-casual, fresh soup concept opens its third location in the Cincinnati market. The new restaurant is located in a newly constructed building at 690 Eastgate South Drive, Suite 200, in front of Michael’s at the 32 East shopping center.
“We’re thrilled to bring Zoup!’s award-winning recipes to residents, workers and shoppers in and around 32 East,” said new franchisee Cathy Buzza. “Zoup! has a very loyal following in Cincinnati, and we know this new location will help satisfy the craving for fresh, delicious soup just as the cold weather arrives.”
Prior to its official grand opening, Buzza will host a fundraiser at her new Zoup! on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5 – 8 p.m., to benefit the Clough Pike Elementary PTO. For a $5 donation, customers will enjoy a bowl of their favorite soup, a big hunk of fresh-baked bread and a small fountain drink, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the organization.
“We’re very pleased to dedicate our pre-opening fundraiser to support the wonderful work being done by the Clough Pike PTO,” said Buzza. “I hope lots of folks turn out to enjoy some delicious soup and help us raise funds to support the school and its wonderful teachers.”
Zoup! features hundreds of award-winning soup recipes with 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, low-cal, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options, all served with a hunk of freshly baked bread. Customer favorites include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Vegetarian Split Pea. The menu also features made-to-order salads and sandwiches, and all menu items are available in convenient catering sizes for groups of 10 or more.
To help customers select from the daily soups, sampling is encouraged. And, for those looking to save time, a daily soup menu and online ordering are available. Customers also can sign up online to receive a daily email menu.
“We created Zoup! after discovering that really good soup is hard to find,” said Eric Ersher, Zoup!’s founder and CEO. “Also, in talking to people, it became clear that there’s something special about soup and the way it elicits thoughts of family, well-being and comfort for many people. We strive to offer authentic, hand-crafted soups that are as good – and as ‘feel-good’ – as the homemade soups our mothers and grandmothers used to make.”
As an established brand throughout the United States and Canada – with 98 restaurants in 19 states/provinces – Zoup! is targeting Ohio as part of an overall expansion strategy.
The 32 East restaurant will employ 17 team members and will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please call 513.909.1700 or visit zoup.com.
Founded in 1998, Zoup! is the leading fast-casual soup concept restaurant that is defining the category with its premium and proprietary soups and other recipes. A dining experience that features 12 always-rotating soup varieties each day in an environment that focuses on comfort, satisfaction and convenience, Zoup! has grown its network of franchises to nearly 100 restaurants. For more information, visit zoup.com or zoupfranchise.com.
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