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Proceeds from Tanya’s specials to help injured Ruben’s owner

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen will donate proceeds from its weekend specials to Ruben Acosta, who was shot twice during a recent robbery.
Tanya’s Soup Kitchen will donate proceeds from its weekend specials to Ruben Acosta, who was shot twice during a recent robbery. Courtesy file photo

A local business is stepping up to help a fellow restaurateur who was shot and critically wounded by a robber last weekend.

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen’s weekend special will be beef enchilada casserole with a side of Mexican rice on Saturday night.

“Every special we sell this weekend, all the money will go to Ruben’s,” the restaurant announced on its Facebook page Friday afternoon. “Not a small percentage, but the whole amount. So come in this Friday and Saturday night and say ‘We want the special, please.’ ”

The restaurant is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Ruben Acosta, owner of Ruben’s Mexican Grill in Delano, remains hospitalized after being shot twice during a robbery at the restaurant late on the night of June 9.

“I don’t know Ruben,” Tanya’s co-owner Sarah Osborn-Bennett said. “I just know that when a restaurant has to close down, even for a few days, it’s completely devastating financially.”

Osborn-Bennett and her co-owner, Kelly Leffel, wanted to do something to help Acosta and thought donating all the proceeds from a particular menu item “might be a fun way to do it,” she said.

It’s a simple way for customers to lend a hand, too, she said.

“They know if they get the special, they’re doing something to help as well,” Osborn-Bennett said.

Acosta has undergone several surgeries, according to his wife. Ruben’s Mexican Grill remains closed as family members and employees clean up and decide how to move forward.

A page on YouCaring.com has set a goal of raising $9,000 in donations for the Acosta family’s expenses. More than $500 had been raised by Friday evening.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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