Q&A: Jane's Delicatessen
Dane Tannehill and Jeramy Auld are inspired by Jewish delicatessens in New York, Eastern European food and their grandmothers’ cooking.
Dane Tannehill and Jeramy Auld
Since it opened about a year ago, Jane’s Delicatessen, 2626 E. 11th St., has become a favorite place to go for deli favorites, comfort food, fun drinks and the unexpected. The Mother Road dining spot has a full bar, a small market and offers custom catering services. From the breads to the meats and vegan options, everything is prepared and cooked in-house. Owners Dane Tannehill and Jeramy Auld are inspired by Jewish delicatessens in New York, Eastern European food and their grandmothers’ cooking.
Tell us about your decision to open Jane’s.
When I (Dane) was a kid, I worked in a butcher shop in Blackwell and built sandwiches for the deli side of the shop. When I moved to Tulsa, I wanted to open a bar with sandwiches. My wife started buying me delicatessen books, and I got really into the idea of this concept rather than the bar idea.
What are the most popular foods on the menu at Jane’s?
The biggest sellers from the sandwich side of the menu are pretty much a tie between the Chas Turkey, the Reuben and the American Dunk. The favorite dinner entrée has always been the Pork and Perogies, but the item we sell the most is our poutine. How can you go wrong with brown gravy, local cheese curds and fries?
What would we hear in the kitchen at Jane’s?
A lot of laughter. We are so lucky to have a very diverse and fun staff in the kitchen. They work extremely hard, and they work well together. We feel that our diversity lends itself to what a deli truly is at its heart: recipes from diverse Old World ethnicities to feed an even more diverse community at a reasonable price. Within one shift you could hear T.I., the Offspring, video game anthems, Taylor Swift, Creed, Johnny Cash and even some Owl City. It’s a lot of fun back there, and I think it’s reflected in the food they put out to the guests.
What are your thoughts on the Tulsa food scene?
The Tulsa food scene is young but vibrant. It has really started to pick up steam over the last two or three years with unique and interesting concepts. A lot of awesome entities in Tulsa are helping push the envelope, like Kitchen 66 and others. Tulsa is really starting to see great places open outside of the IDL and north of East 61st Street. We went out on a huge limb in opening up something like this and have been extremely blessed that Tulsans visited to see what we are all about.