About The Stone Soup Company
It would be easy to describe The Stone Soup Company as a soup and sandwich place in an urban environment, but that would be one of the biggest understatements in Tampa. The Stone Soup Company is the brainchild of proprietor, visionary, chef Ilya Goldberg that started as just a place to buy a cup of soup. But after a week in business, it quickly evolved into sandwiches, salads, gourmet dinner selections, late night appetizers, and gelato.
Fresh, Healthy, and Fun
The focus is on fresh healthier foods. Ilya believes the portions in most places are out of control and so are the calorie counts, so he focuses on air-cooking, locally based produce, sorbet gelatos, and veggie based soups. That’s not to say they don’t have a three-cheese broccoli soup that you really don’t want to discuss with your trainer, but for the most part this place is all about making you feel good.
It’s a fun place to hang out, and there are games such as dominoes, checkers, and puzzles for families to spend time together. A TV hangs but has never been hooked up, as this place is fairly low-tech and a throwback to the way things used to be. There is Wi-Fi, but Ilya is not keen on turning the place into a tech spot rather a place of conversation and people watching.
But most importantly, Ilya, an industrial engineer by trade, runs a tight ship. Instead of yelling “no soup for you,” its staff usually yells “MO soup for you!” They are friendly, welcoming, and lots of fun.
“2″ Campaign: Soup donated to local homeless shelters
As Ilya watched many restaurants over the years throw away 25-30% of their ingredients this always bothered him and he vowed that at The Stone Soup Company this will never happen. So an interesting concept was born one week before opening the restaurant. All unused produce is made into a vegetable soup and donated to local homeless shelters for redistribution. This became so popular that during Stone Soup’s move to its current location, Ilya simply funded the soup giveaway himself. Now The Stone Soup Company is formalizing the idea and calling it the “2″ Campaign. For every cup of soup sold in the restaurant, a cup of soup is donated at the end of the week. Grants are being applied for and this program will continue to grow. It’s the hope of Ilya and his staff that the idea catches on at other restaurants and more Stone Soup can be made in the Tampa Community.
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