GRAND RAPIDS — Two new Zoup restaurants are zipping into the metro area this summer and both are the first to set up shop outside of Detroit. The Zoup Fresh Soup Co. is considered by some to be the leading gourmet soup business in the nation.
Brent and Robin Garrison of Spring Lake opened a Zoup at 3770 Alpine Ave. NW, just north of Four Mile Road, last Wednesday. The restaurant has 75 indoor seats, a patio that will seat another 16 to 24 customers, and a pick-up, drive-thru window.
“In bringing Zoup to Grand Rapids, we’re making it possible for the city’s many soup fans to enjoy the kind of high-quality, all-natural soup creations they love to eat, but never have the time to make themselves,” said Robin Garrison.
Roger and Sheila Christensen of Rockford will open their Zoup restaurant on Aug. 17 in the Southridge Center at 2950 28th St. SE in Kentwood, a block west of the Woodland Shopping Center. The eatery will seat 45 indoors and have outdoor seating.
“Whenever we talk to people about Zoup, they always lament the closing of a restaurant called the Onion Crock and tell me how much they’ve longed for a place that serves really good soup,” said Sheila Christensen.
The new restaurants will offer a dozen different soups each day on a rotating basis. The menu will also have salads, panini sandwiches, and FruitZoup smoothies.
Eric Ersher and David Elias started the Zoup Fresh Soup Co. in 1998. The firm’s business offices are located in Ferndale. Ersher and Elias operate five restaurants and one franchise location. The Garrisons and Christensens own their restaurants.