A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 28, 2012
“Fancy Restaurant: One that serves cold soup on purpose”

Cold soups such as gazpacho and vichyssoise are often served at expensive restaurants. “Fancy Restaurant: One that serves cold soup on purpose” is a jocular one-liner that has been credited since 1997 to Doug Larson of the United Feature Syndicate.


Wikipedia: Doug Larson
Doug Larson (born February 10, 1926) wrote a daily column for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and a weekly column for the Door County Advocate — both Wisconsin-based newspapers. The column was originally syndicated through United Media under the title “Senator Soaper Says”; Larson took over authorship in 1980. Previously, it had been written by Bill Vaughn of the Kansas City Star.

Doug’s quotes have been widely circulated on the Internet and occasionally show up on T-shirts

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 150
1997
Pg. 68:
Fancy Restaurant: One that serves cold soup on purpose. — Doug Larson. United Feature Syndicate.

Google Groups: alt.humor
Keith E. Sullivan
5/22/97
(...)
SECONDARY DEFINITIONS
FANCY RESTAURANT: One that serves cold soup on purpose. --Doug Larson

Google Books
A Treasury of Humor:
Thousands of humorous stories, jokes, anecdotes and one-liners, up-to-date and categorized for ease of use

By Lowell D. Streiker
Peabody, MA: Hendrickson
2000
Pg. 350:
Fancy Restaurant: One that serves cold soup on purpose. — Doug Larson, United Feature Syndicate

Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review
WPIAL finals draw TV ratings
By Brian Herman
Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005
(...)
And thanks to Tom Rapp of Monongahela who defines a fancy restaurant as one that serves cold soup on purpose!

Easy Reader News
Dining, Entertainment|Alyssa Morin|September 14, 2012 6:46 am
The Local Feed: eateries, pubs artisans, tastes [Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach]
(...)
Tastes. Late Summer Calls for Cool Dishes: Gazpacho!

There’s a corny little joke that defines a fancy restaurant as one that serves cold soup on purpose. Well, your backyard is about to get fancy. We have been blessed with a heck of a nice summer in theSouthBayand, as a result, a heck of a tomato crop. The season for our juicy friends is waning and, as we enjoy a late heat wave, let’s make haste and make cold soup-Spanish gazpacho! Your kitchen will stay cool and the soup tastes even better the next day.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • (0) Comments • Sunday, October 28, 2012 • Permalink