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Soup's On

Pickerman's Soup & Sandwhich Shop franchise

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This story appears in the September 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Mark Chiattello remembers when his father, Guy, started A.J. Pickerman's. Even though the restaurant chain closed five years later, in 1980, a victim of the decade's slumping economy, Guy never gave up on the idea.

Twenty years later, when the younger Chiattello was thinking about starting a business of his own, Guy suggested resurrecting A. J. Pickerman's. So that's just what he did back in '96. But Chiattello wasn't interested in simply restarting his father's company; he wanted to make a few alterations, including changing the restaurant's name to Pickerman's Soup & Sandwich Shop.

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