After a long wait, a soul food restaurant is set to open next week.
Caleb and Tabatha Oldenburg plan to begin offering comfort soul food at Oldenburg’s Family Restaurant on Friday at 2001 Crawford Ave. The building most recently was the home of Just One More bar and grill.
The couple had planned to open at 1000 Main St. in mid-summer last year, but they decided the building wasn’t right for them. They began making and selling food at their home instead.
Caleb Oldenburg said the business did surprisingly well even without a restaurant, and they built up a pretty good clientele. There was a lot of talk about the to-go plates the Oldenburgs offered, he said, and word of mouth spread quickly.
“We stayed busy,” he said.
Oldenburg said one person drove a couple of hours just to pick up some fried catfish his wife had cooked. People the couple didn’t know began asking about when they would open a restaurant. Finally, the Oldenburgs were able to lease the building on Crawford, with plans to eventually buy it.
On Friday, Tabatha Oldenburg was interviewing job candidates while Caleb Oldenburg was about to wrap up the painting, cleaning and other details.
Tabatha Oldenburg will do most of the cooking while her husband will take care of the office work and help her manage the restaurant.
“I think we’ll do good. Just doing it from home, we did real good. Everybody’s talking,” Caleb Oldenburg said.
Oldenburg’s will serve soul food and southern food such as fried chicken and fried fish with sides that include macaroni and cheese, baked beans and collard greens. Appetizers will include fried green tomatoes and spinach dip. The restaurant also will offer burgers and fries. Desserts will include pecan pie and peach cobbler. There will be special meals for each night including tacos, fried pork chops and ribeyes.
Oldenburg’s also will offer free meals to those in need. There will be an “angel box” to accept donations from people willing to help the couple feed dinner to the less fortunate twice a month for free. They also plan to offer half-price meals at certain times for people with developmental disabilities.
“It’s really to help people know that God is real and that he has people walking on the earth who loves people like he does,” Tabatha Oldenburg said.
Oldenburg’s will be open for dine-in, carry-out, curbside and delivery from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday.