A legal dispute is threatening to put the restaurant chain created by the real-life Soup Nazi on simmer.
Al Yeganeh was immortalized on the show “Seinfeld” as the “Soup Nazi,” a character famous for his unsavory behavior and for uttering the iconic “No soup for you!” catchphrase.
Creditors of a bankrupt company called Soup Kitchen International are steaming, saying they were put on the back burner after a group of the original soup man owners mismanaged the company.
Soup Kitchen International owned the The Original Soup Man name first — and claimed they were bilked out of the name and Yeganeh’s recipes during a 2009 licensing deal.
The two sides have been ordered to mediate the matter. A meeting has been scheduled for next week.
Bob Bertrand, who is the CFO of Soup Man and is a defendant in the case, said he is confident the matter will “get settled next week or the week after,” the New York Post reported.
Yageneh has remained tight-lipped on the matter, but it’s possible he could be called in to testify.
Bertrand told the Post that Yeganeh “doesn’t like controversy so he’s laying low.”
ABC News’ Linsey Davis contributed to this report.