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Souplantation: The Best Idea with the Worst Name

In 1978, a bartender with some money and a dream opened a restaurant in San Diego that offered hot soup in an even hotter desert. He called it Souplantation, and his bargain buffet-meets-international diner perfectly embodied the casual aesthetic of my hometown. On Wednesday, its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The dream was dead. When Souplantation was founded, San Diego had yet to revitalize its financial district, which wraps around the San Diego International Airport near a bay housing U.
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