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Soup Kitchen’s alter ego

Lynda Moyo finds a Northern Quarter favourite going all <i>Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde</i>

Written by . Published on June 18th 2007.

Soup Kitchen’s alter ego

In business branding, the name of the game is the name. Jennifer Lopez wouldn’t possess nearly the same amount of street cred without the help of her gimmick alias J-Lo. KFC glides off, and unfortunately, on the tongue much easier than the long winded (and we’re sure totally inaccurate, dear legal team) nickname ‘Killing F***ed-about Chickens.’ As the students say.

If you’ve never been to Soup Kitchen, it’s hard not to get thrown by a name which has Salvation Army connotations. With the idea in mind to open in the evening and at weekends, Soup Kitchen desperately needed a sophisticated and catchy new night name to coincide. And that ladies and gentlemen, is how SK was born.

Soup Kitchen itself, has been open for nearly two years and is well established within the community as a Northern Quarter canteen. Customers have long been asking why they don’t open late or at weekends. Now with their newly acquired drinks licence, they can finally respond to customer demand.

Director of Soup Kitchen and The Bay Horse, Nicky Rybka-Goldsmith, said: “Although The Northern Quarter has many independent pubs and bars, some serving food, they are all located on and around Tib St, Thomas St and High St with very little going on around Stevenson Square and Lever St, where many local businesses are actually located. We therefore decided to use Soup Kitchen as our stepping stone, thus broadening the appeal of the area.”

When the Soup Kitchen canteen closes its doors at 4pm, the team get to work on transforming it into bohemian bistro SK at 5pm. SK serves a selection of small bites based on the Spanish montaditos (£2.25) and meat and cheese boards ideal for sharing (£8.50 for 8 pieces). There is also soup of the day with fresh bread (£4.50) and chilli, rice and nachos (£5.95). The interior is swiftly transformed from formulaic canteen to intimate eatery with chandeliers, tea-lights and rouge curtains. Very burlesque-esque.

It’s all a bit Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: a business which metamorphoses at night time. But at least SK will give Soup Kitchen the modern, more glamorous, evening atmosphere it craves whilst recreating some of the bustle and momentum already achieved by its lunchtime incarnation. SK will open from 5pm, Thurs-Sat for a trial period.

Soup Kitchen/ SK
31-33 Spear St
(Off Stevenson Sq)
Northern Quarter

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fabienJune 18th 2007.

fantastic place......fresh food.....good atmosphere and service with a smile

AnonymousJune 18th 2007.

i ♥the soup kitchen, it gave me warmth and good food when i worked a winter in the NQ! hope SK takes off

AnonymousJune 18th 2007.

i ♥the soup kitchen, it gave me warmth and good food when i worked a winter in the NQ! hope SK takes off

AnonymousJune 18th 2007.

Amazing place to come for lunch! I always go for the soups they are amazing! Perfect for these cold days!

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