This fast-food business has gone from soup to nuts.
Hale and Hearty, a New York quick service restaurant specializing in soups and popular with the lunch crowd, has mysteriously shuttered.
After nearly 30 years in business, the sudden shutdowns at all 16 locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island came without warning. Signs posted on some outlets say that the company “will be closing all stores temporarily as of today, July 1, 2022.”
The chain’s social media accounts have been inactive since February.
A person claiming to be a longtime staffer and who had access to the company’s press account replied to a Daily News enquiry Monday, and said that the company faced financial hurdles.
Identifying herself as Tonya, the person wrote: “Hale & Hearty soups don’t have any money they owe rent and vendors a lot of money [and] didn’t tell the managers what was going on … all of a sudden Friday, boom it’s our last day of work [and] now we are all out of [jobs]. I worked here for 18 years. What a waste of my time. I could of been retired somewhere.”
Siblings Andrew Schnipper and Jonathan Schnipper launched the brand in 1995 with a location on the Upper East Side and later expanded to 16 locations in the tristate area.
Classically-trained chef Bruce Rogers worked with Hale & Hearty for nine years, creating more than 150 recipes.
The extensive soup menu offered seasonal options like Yucatan chicken lime and orzo, and year-round options like tomato basil and rice along with sandwiches and salads.
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