The Original Soupman is having a grand opening party of sorts, starting at noon today on Fisherman's Wharf. This is the first West Coast outpost of the soup chain made popular by Seinfeld, not soup necessarily. With 50 seats inside and a "soup window" resembling that at the first 55th Street location in Manhattan, this promises to be one of the more interesting links in the chain. Appropriately, they're introducing cioppino on the Wharf menu. But owner and muse Al Yeganeh won't be on site today. His publicist tells us he's in Europe researching new flavors and spices. Who will be there, you ask? Well, the company's strategic adviser, Reggie Jackson, of course. He flew in with the company DJ to put the gala into this affair. The first 200 customers today get a free Original SoupMan t-shirt and, of course, the chance to chat up Reggie. We're told he'll be there until 2:30 or so. Reports from the frontline, pretty please, in the comments.
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