Monday, Jan. 23 marks the opening of Rooster Soup Company, a luncheonette with a do-good side, on the lower level of 1526 Sansom St. (between Oscar's Tavern and Ladder 15).
Rooster teams the crew from Federal Donuts with Broad Street Ministry, whose anti-hunger Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative will receive profits.
The idea came from Steve Cook, a partner in Federal Donuts as well as the CookNSolo restaurants (Zahav, Abe Fisher, and Dizengoff). Cook noted that Federal Donuts had no use for the backs of the chicken it prepares, and thought they could be used to make soup.
The plan (and menu) grew from there, and a Kickstarter campaign in summer 2014 raised nearly $180,000. Cook said the bulk of the time was spent shopping for a location, which happens to be a block from Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, and a Federal Donuts location. It's eight steps down from the street in a location that was Sansom Kebob House (now at 13th and South) and previously Charlie's Water Wheel.
Chef Erin O'Shea, formerly at Percy Street BBQ, offers an easy-on-the-budget menu with a Southern-ish spin.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Breakfast (till 11 a.m.) includes the stick-to-your ribs fare such as egg and cheese biscuits; sticky buns; biscuits and gravy; and rice, grits, homemade chorizo, and eggs.
Lunch includes four soups (including a matzo ball soup made with smoked schmaltz), four salads, and four sandwiches, while dinner will include a nightly blue-plate special - steak frites, beef stew, meat loaf.
There is a vegetarian item in each category, including a lentil sloppy Joe with avocado and fried onion.
Desserts include coconut cream pie, Dutch apple pie, and shakes.
There are four beers on tap, canned wine, and classic cocktails.
Boxwood Architects' design includes a 18-seat counter and bar and booths along the side in the main room. Up a few steps in the rear are tables able to seat larger parties.