Tanya’s Soup Kitchen to open April 11

Tanya looking saucy in the aprons she'll have for sale, along with Soup Kitchen T-shirts.

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas should open on Monday, April 11, assuming that the inspection process goes smoothly, Tanya Tandoc told me this morning.

I called her because I’ve been teased lately by Facebook posts put up by Tanya and her brother/biz partner, Warren, showing the restaurant in progress. (I’ve also seen her husband and head construction dude Wayne around town lately, looking exhausted and dusty.)

The restaurant is taking shape, she said. She had to shout over the noise in the background, which she told me was crews putting her new floor in. She has light, and all of her kitchen equipment — including a fancy 10-burner range — is in the restaurant waiting to be installed.

“Everything is sort of gelling,” she said. “You know how you wait and wait and wait for something to gel and all the sudden it’s there?”

Tandoc’s plan is to open at lunchtime on April 11, then throw some sort of grand opening celebration later in May. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Also, Tanya has posted her daily soup specials on Facebook for those of you wondering when your favorite will be available: Mondays — chicken noodle on mashed potatoes; Tuesdays — gumbo; Wednesdays — chicken curry on rice; Thursdays — chili; Fridays — chowder and tomato curry; Saturdays — chicken tortilla. She’ll have tomato dill and bread pudding every day.

Keep scrolling for a few more pictures from the construction zone.

Tanya's crews hard at work in the restaurant. Photo by Warren Tandoc.

Tanya's new 10-burner range, artfully photographed by Warren.

The floors are being installed as I type. Photo by Warren Tandoc.