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Only 10 Degrees? Soup At This Cafe Will Cost Just 10 Cents Then (Plus Tax)

By Alex Nitkin | January 5, 2017 8:27am
 Mather's will charge prices corresponding to each day's high temperature through February.
Mather's will charge prices corresponding to each day's high temperature through February.
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PORTAGE PARK — Sub-freezing temperatures are reason enough to spring for a hot bowl of soup, but from now until Feb. 28, a Northwest Side restaurant is sweetening the pot.

Through its "Soup for the Price of the Temperature" deal, Mather's More Than a Cafe, a coffee shop and senior center, is tying the cost of its daily soup special to the high forecast in the Chicago Tribune each morning.

The normally $2.99 bowl will sell for as many cents as there are degrees on the thermometer, plus tax, according to Jeff Rose, manager of the cafe's Portage Park location, 3235 N. Central Ave.

So on a day when the high temperature is 38, for example, a customer would pay 42 cents.

And if another polar vortex comes along, forcing the day's high below zero?

"Yes, we'll be paying people to eat our soup," Rose said. "A lot of folks appreciate it and seek us out for it. And they're grateful for a delicious bowl of warm soup, especially on cold days."

Along with its Portage Park location, Mather's operates cafes in Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins Ave., and Chatham, 33 E. 83rd St.

All three outposts are open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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