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Another Union Station restaurant opens on Monday in downtown Wichita

Natasha Ghandi-Rue is opening The Kitchen on Monday.
Natasha Ghandi-Rue is opening The Kitchen on Monday. The Wichita Eagle

The Kitchen will launch a “soft opening” on Monday.

But unlike some restaurant owners, Natasha Gandhi-Rue is inviting anyone to come – as long as they understand that soft openings are intended for new businesses to work out the kinks and for staff members to learn their jobs.

“We’re open, but we’re in training,” she said. “We want your feedback.”

Gandhi-Rue is opening her restaurant at 725 E. Douglas in the space that held the original Tanya’s Soup Kitchen. It will have an open-concept kitchen and will serve seasonal, farm-to-table dishes.

For the first two weeks, she’ll serve a limited menu that will include sharable appetizers, several panini sandwiches made with all-natural meats, a lavosh flatbread topped with smoked pork shoulder, house barbecue sauce and Havarti cheese, a few seasonal pasta dishes, and a steak. Wine and beer will be served starting on Monday, too.

The hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The Kitchen also is setup for online ordering, and people can accomplish that easily by downloading The Kitchen’s smart phone app.

Ghandi-Rue said she wants to stress to customers that even though the restaurant’s address is on Douglas, the restaurant isn’t. It actually faces Mead and sits directly behind the Rock Island Depot building in Union Station that houses Smoothie King and Mumbai Rail.

She hopes to have the full menu up and running within two weeks. For more information, call 316-928-2899.