Fresh soup franchise opening in Vancouver on Thursday

Zoup!, a fast-casual fresh soup franchise with two locations in the Portland area, will join Vancouver’s growing restaurant scene when it opens to the public this week.

The new restaurant, located at 1401 SE 164th Avenue, Suite 150, will open on Thursday (March 24). It’s the first location in Washington state and the chain’s 88th restaurant overall.

“I’m honored and excited to introduce the people of Washington to all the wonderful soups, freshly baked bread and other delicious items we offer,” said local franchisee Michael Reid. “I truly believe our ‘something for everyone’ nutritional options will resonate with the Vancouver community.”

Zoup! features hundreds of soup recipes with 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, low-cal, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options, all served with bread. The menu also features made-to-order salads and sandwiches, and all items are available in catering sizes for groups of 10 or more.

Prior to its grand opening, the new Vancouver store will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday (March 23) from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests may order a bowl of soup, bread and a small drink for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Band Boosters for Union High School and Mountain View High School.

“We’re really pleased to dedicate our pre-opening fundraiser to support the bands at these two great high schools,” said Reid. “I hope lots of folks turn out to enjoy some delicious soup and help us make a meaningful difference in these outstanding music programs.”

The new restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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