Masha’s Soup Company is a Russian restaurant in New York that specializes in traditional Russian soup. Homey and hearty, the story behind the restaurant is a Russian folk tale called ‘Masha and the Bear’.
Pattern design and color palette are inspired by Russian folk art.
Masha gets lost in the woods when she was picking berries and takes refuge in a bear's hut. When the bear comes home, she is held by the bear as his servant. One day, Masha comes up with a trick to escape: she asks the Bear if she can leave in order to bring her grandparents some pies. The Bear refuses, worried that she might get lost, but offers to take the large basket of pies to the grandparents' home himself. Masha agrees and tells him not to open the basket and not to eat any of the pies, as she will watch out for him from the top of a tall tree. When the Bear is not looking, Masha climbs into the basket herself. Unaware, the Bear carries her through the woods. When they arrive at the grandparents' village, the Bear is chased away by watch dogs, and Masha's grandparents find her sitting in the basket.