Soup's on- and cheaper than free

[FILE] (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

January 28, 2014 1:30:14 PM PST
If you ordered a bowl of soup at Mather's - More Than a Cafe on Monday, you got a nickel on the side. And it wasn't your change.

The price of a bowl of split pea or vegetable barley soup at the café changes with the weather - literally. Mather's is charging people according to that day's temperature. That means if it's one-degree outside, that soup's gonna cost your 1 cent. On Monday, people looking to warm-up with a steaming bowl of soup also cleaned-up when it comes to a free lunch, and then some.

"If it's 5 below, it's negative five," Lori Keenan said of the price of soup. "Each person who ordered the soup got a nickel."

The promotion, which runs through February 28, is popular. According to Mather's about 25-percent of the customers give the nickel back, and one jokester wanted to order 1,000 bowls.

The normal price for a bowl of soup: $1.99.

Mather's - More Than a Cafe has three locations- Norwood Park, Portage Park and Chatham. Mather's ? More Than a Café offers programs and resources for seniors in the neighborhood, like computer, fitness and craft classes. Check it out at

Mather's - More Than a Cafe
7134 W. Higgins Ave., Chicago, IL 60656
Phone (773) 774-4804

Mather's - More Than a Cafe
3235 N. Central Ave., Chicago, IL 60634
Phone (773) 205-3300

Mather's - More Than a Cafe
33 E. 83rd St., Chicago, IL 60619
Phone (773) 488-2801

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