A little over a year after closing the Decatur location of soup and sandwich restaurant Souper Jenny, owner Jenny Levison kicks off a three-month pop-up inside the newly opened Nuts N’ Berries health food store at North Decatur Plaza. The health food market replaced Rainbow Natural Foods earlier this summer after 42 years in the complex.
The Souper Jenny pop-up opens Monday, September 14, and is scheduled to remain there through at least the end of December. If successful, Levison tells Eater Souper Jenny could become a permanent addition at Nuts N’ Berries.
“We have been looking for a better Decatur location since we left downtown Decatur. We already partner with the Nuts N Berries in Brookhaven, which also started as a pop-up five years ago, so when they asked us to take over their food service area, it seemed like another great match,” Levison said in an email.
Levison closed the original Decatur restaurant after five years last February citing the city’s high rents and ongoing parking issues as factors for the decision. However, Levison said at the time of the closure she wasn’t ruling out a return to Decatur.
Hours for the Decatur pop-up are currently Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu mimics Souper Jenny’s four other locations, which includes daily-made soups, sandwiches, and salads. Soups will be available through the store until 6:30 p.m.
For now, the pop-up is takeout only. Levison hopes to offer dine-in service eventually with a 20-seat dining area inside the store.
A fourth location of the soup and sandwich shop opened a year ago on Atlanta Street in Roswell, behind the Red Door Playhouse and Roswell Visitor’s Center. In addition to Roswell, Souper Jenny has locations in the Blandtown neighborhood on Huff Road, at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, and in Brookhaven.
All four locations are open offering takeout and delivery from the Huff Road restaurant. Masks are required.
Update, September 8, 9:55 a.m.: This story has been updated with comments from Jenny Levison.