Souplantation Is Auctioning Off All Their Restaurant Equipment For As Little As $1

Fans of Souplantation, the buffet-style salad bar and restaurant, were hit with devastating news early in May this year with the announcement that the chain would close permanently due to revenue loss from the pandemic.

We discovered this week, that many of the 97 restaurants have begun auctioning off their kitchen equipment and furniture at an insanely reduced price.

Within these auctions, done individually by restaurants, one could find meat slicers, racks, utensils, and even ovens for a fraction of what they would have sold for at market value.

For example, a Double Deep Fryer can cost upwards of $10,000 to $20,000. A recent closed bid sold one for $585. In that same auction, an entire buffet bar sold for a ridiculous $1.

Sure you might get into a bidding war, but chances are you won’t come out empty-handed if interested.

For those looking to stock their kitchens with some new, slightly used gear, or simply looking for an inexpensive keepsake from Souplantation, and sister chain Sweet Tomatoes, you might want to check out these auctions. A majority of them will end within the next week.

Culture Hit-Or-Miss

Japan’s ‘Tuna King’ Pays More Than $600,000 For A Single Fish


Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura, also known as Japan’s “Tuna King”, has won at Tsukiji’s famous fish auction once again.

Kimura, the head of Japan’s Sushizanmai chain, paid more than a whopping $600,000 for a 212-kg (467-lb) Bluefin tuna at the first auction held at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, according to AsiaOne. Based on the price he paid, a single piece of tuna sushi would cost around $85, 25 times more than the $3.40 price he charges at his 51 stores spread all over Japan.

“I feel it was a bit expensive, but I am happy that I was able to successfully win at auction a tuna of good shape and size,” said Kimura.

The “Tuna King” was able to transition his successful chain into a national brand by paying massive amounts of money at Tsukiji’s first auction every year. Kimura has won six straight times including this year – which is also essentially and strategically used for publicity.


Image via Humanoid One

His most expensive purchase by far was a bluefin tuna he won at the same auction against a rival bidder from Hong Kong. He paid an eye-watering $1.8 million at the New Year’s auction held in 2013.

Although the prices look very intimidating, Kimura makes sure that he gets the most out from his purchase. To spread the word and place the spotlight on his business, Kimura announced on Japan’s major TV networks that the bluefin tuna will be cut and distributed among his many restaurants.

“As always, I want to buy the best one so that our customers can have it. That’s all,” Kimura said.

According to Daily Mail, the 2017 fish auction could be the last one at Tsukiji – the world’s largest fish market.

The event was supposed to be moved in another location in November of last year but it was put on hold because of toxic contamination concerns at the new site. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that the move could be delayed until spring of 2018, but all plans remain indefinite.

Written by King Malleta | NextShark | Feature Image via Flickr / Tai-Jan Huang

Fast Food

Why This Bottle of Big Mac Sauce Sold For Almost $100,000


A few weeks ago, we wrote that McDonald’s was selling its famous Big Mac Sauce by the bottle in Australia. While those bottles ran for about a $5 a pop, halfway across the world another bottle sold for nearly $100,000.

What’s special about THIS bottle of Mac Sauce is that it was the first-ever bottle of sauce in the UK, Grub Street reports. McDonald’s created an eBay listing a couple weeks ago auctioning off the bottle of sauce to the public.

The opening bid was £3 ($4.34 US) which quickly snowballed. Seven days later, the final bid ended at £65,900 which is almost $96,000.

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For a bottle of Mac Sauce.

McDonald’s plans to use the money they made from the auction for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Perhaps the winner really just wanted to give money to charity. Otherwise they could’ve saved a TON bidding on some of the $5 bottles Australia was selling.




Here’s Why This Single Cracker Is Worth Over $22,000


Usually, a single cracker goes for no more than a few cents. You can buy them in boxes at the dollar store. However, one specific cracker has been auctioned off for 15,000 pounds:  $22,965 USD.

What makes the Spillers & Bakers Pilot cracker so special was that it was saved from lifeboat of the famous TITANIC. Y’know, the British passenger liner that famously sank in 1912.

James Fenwick was a passenger on the Carpathia, the cruise liner that picked up Titanic survivors. He found the cracker on a life boat and tossed it in an envelope for safekeeping.

Fast forward more than a century later and the cracker, also known as a biscuit, was purchased by a Greek collector.

Seems like a pretty hefty sum to drop on a snack. It’s all in the name of history, right?

Photo: BBC, Henry Aldridge & Son



A Ham Sold for $2 Million at the State Fair, No Really


A decent market ham will set you back about 60 bucks. A showcase ham can go for hundreds or thousands. However, a plump piece of pork sold recently for $2 million at the Kentucky State Fair. No, it wasn’t lined with jewels.

Country hams are typically dry-cured. This means that moisture is drawn out of the meat until at least 18 percent of the water is lost, and usually as much as 20 to 25 percent. The hams must be aged from six months to a full year before they are ready to eat.

Every year at the Kentucky Fair, Miss Kentucky walks around the room showcasing the ham for potential buyers.

The winners of the auction were Hermitage Farm LLC and Republic Bank. Possibly because the two competing bidders were so close, the $2 million will be divided among the two parties and donated the money to their choice of charities. In a 50-year tradition, proceeds from the ham auctions at the state fair typically went towards some form of charity or cause. So essentially a charity auction.

The Kentucky State Fair has been known for setting ham-based records, however. On average, a cured ham sells for almost half a million dollars at the fair, which is also incredibly impressive. No clue why this year’s ham was more appealing than the previous years’. Hey, as long as it’s for charity, right?

H/T First We Feast


Coolio Selling Rights to ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ to Fund Chef Career


Coolio, the man who reshaped Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” to bring the 90s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” is selling the rights to his Grammy-winning single, along with 122 other songs. Why would he ever do such a thing? Apparently, the rapper is auctioning off the rights to his music catalog in order to further his career as a chef.

Some of you might remember Cookin’ With Coolio back in 2009, a cookbook that made him a New York Times-bestselling author. According to a press release, Coolio is planning to “invest the funds from the song catalogue sale to expand his cookbook series and his online cooking show of the same name.”

Even though the 50-year-old rapper hasn’t hit the album charts in over a decade, his old-school hits are reported to pull in  $23,227 per year in royalties. All 123 songs will be up for grabs at the Royalty Exchange and are expected to fetch between $134,000 to $225,000.

While I have nothing but well wishes for Coolio on his journey into the realm of food, I’ll admit that I’m a little put out. As soon as I found out that he was selling off “Gangsta’s Paradise,” I blasted that ish for everyone at the Foodbeast office to hear. I choked up a little, thinking back to Michelle Pfeiffer donning a leather jacket on Dangerous Minds. Then, on cue (I shit you not), everyone began singing along to the lyrics and for just a split second, we we’re all back in 1995 listening to beats streaming from our cassette players.

Again, while I respect Coolio’s decision to follow his dreams, most of us can’t help but feel a pang of nostalgia. So, here it is, one more time while it’s golden.

H/T The Guardian + PicThx Amazon


Menu From Titanic Sells for World Record $100,000 at Auction

It’s basic knowledge that the Titanic was the largest ship ever built at the time of its ill-fated single voyage. As its name suggests, it was a big deal and its momentum gave rise to one of the highest grossing films of all time. Counting the recent 3D re-release, the buzz around the Titanic has lasted a century strong.

Now, a menu from the day the ship sank has broken a world record for an item of its type, selling for $100,000 at an auction in England. Classifying this under Cravings wasn’t an ironic gesture. The Titanic was a first-rate operation and this menu from first class sounds delicious, although an iceberg lettuce salad might have rounded out the offerings nicely.

via Eater/photo courtesy of Henry Aldridge and Son


70-Year-Old Fruitcake Sold for $525

1941 was a pretty crazy year for America. FDR was running the country and the United States had just entered into a second world war. But even in the midst of all that, people were still doling out fruitcakes to one another during the holidays, much like today. And just like today, people were still avoiding them like the plague.

That’s more or less what happened to one Kroger Company fruitcake made in 1941. The fateful fruitcake returned to a Kroger store still sealed where the manager kept it for years in its original packaging. It wasn’t until the manager’s son stumbled across the exiled dessert and handed it off to an Ohio company that auctioned it off on the internet.

The 70 year old fruitcake sold to an Arizona buyer who wished to remain anonymous and the money earned from the auction went to the homeless in southwest Ohio.

(via The Huffington Post)

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