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Get paid for dining: The result? Cheap, delicious soup

Get paid for dining: The result? Cheap, delicious soup

The result? Cheap, delicious soup.

A Chicago-area cafe, Mather’s — More Than a Cafe, is offering a cold-weather deal at its three locations that will have anyone hungry for a bargain checking the weather forecast.

If temperatures dip below zero in Chicago over the next two months, thrifty if not freezing residents can get paid to eat a bowl of split-pea soup. If it’s a little higher, they’ll only have to hand over some spare change.

Whatever the day’s temperature forecast, that’s the price for a bowl of soup. On Friday, it was a 14-degree high, so soup was a dime and a few pennies (plus tax). The soups will be offered at the day’s high temperature through January and February, which sees an average high of 33 degrees.

The soup promotion has been a delicious way to get through some brutally cold winters over the last few years, even if the restaurant takes a small financial hit.

In the past when the weather has dropped to negative temperatures, they’ve given back a few pennies to customers. “We’re true to our word,” she said, adding that some people refused to be paid for the soup, while others took the change.

The restaurant’s cream of mushroom, minestrone, cream of broccoli, split-pea and other flavors are all offered at the weather-based price, Zoeller said.

Soup prices are based on the Chicago Tribune weather forecast, so everyone’s on the same page on how prices are set.

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