Powered by strong marketplace demand for healthy dining options, variety and convenience, Zoup! Fresh Soup Company franchisees Don and Pat Hoag recently signed a lease to open their second location in the Cleveland market. The new restaurant, which will be located in Harvard Park, at 4025G Richmond Road in Warrensville Heights, will be opening October 2011.
Already the hottest soup spot in Detroit, Mich., and a regional favorite throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States with 35 restaurants in nine states, Zoup! is developing in Cleveland as part of an aggressive local and international growth plan to expand its unique concept and menu.
“We have experienced tremendous success since opening our first location among community members who are seeking a healthy and affordable dining alternative,” said Don Hoag. “Our new Zoup! restaurant will be centrally located and surrounded by a hospital, a large corporation and a community college. It will provide us with the opportunity reach out to a large group of people who are seeking a spot where they can quickly pick up soup, sandwiches or salads.”
Zoup! features hundreds of award-winning soups with 12 rotating daily varieties, including at least one low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free and spicy recipe. Using nothing but the finest and natural ingredients and no MSG and trans fats, Zoup! plans to serve up traditional favorites like Chicken Pot Pie and Lobster Bisque in addition to more unique soups like Mulligatawny, Cheeseburger Royale and Ginger Butternut Squash. Each order is served with a hunk of fresh baked bread. The menu also includes made-to-order salads and sandwiches.
“In good times and bad, soup carries powerful and intangible qualities that provide comfort and promote a genuine sense of well-being for many people,” said Eric Ersher, Founder and Managing Partner of Zoup!. “We look forward to growing our brand and feeding the local appetite with one-of-a-kind soup creations consumers love, but wouldn’t make at home.”
As successful franchise owners in the local market, Don and Pat Hoag were selected as the company’s 2010 Franchise Owners of the Year.
“Don and Pat have played a crucial role in developing the Zoup! brand in the Cleveland area and we are honored to have them as part of our franchise system,” said Ersher. “Don and Pat always welcome new Zoup! franchise owners with open arms and are never hesitant to mentor them so that they, too, can be successful. They are an invaluable part of our Zoup! community.”