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Tanya Tandoc to reopen her Tanya's Soup Kitchen downtown

WICHITA — For almost seven years, Wichitans have relentlessly asked: When is Tanya going to reopen her restaurant?

The answer: This spring.

Tanya Tandoc is bringing back her uber-popular Tanya's Soup Kitchen.

She's taking almost 2,100 square feet at 1725 E. Douglas across from the Donut Whole.

That's Phil Ruffin's newly renovated Sunburst Plaza at 1725.

"The menu will be much like people remember it," Tandoc says.

She was forced to leave her space in the former Union Station baggage area when her landlord, Cox Communications Kansas, wanted it back in 2004.

Tandoc will have the same amount of seating — about 40 or 50 seats — as she previously did. Instead of having table service, though, customers will order at a counter and runners will bring out their food.

"We're going to try and streamline the experience a little bit," Tandoc says. "We'll be able to turn tables a little bit faster than before."

The "we" in the venture includes her brother, Warren, and his wife, Ann.

Their return to the Wichita area is part of what's inspiring the restaurant now.

"It was like, oh, wait, the best line cook I ever met in my life and an incredible chef," Tanya Tandoc says of her brother. "This is awesome."

Ann Tandoc will handle the administrative side of the business.

Look for the full story on the new restaurant online later today and in Thursday’s Business Today.