And according to co-owner Eric Lau, we’re talkin’ weeks. “The goal was for us to be open on the 15th of this month,” Lau told me today. “We’ve got all the big stuff done. But now it’s just the details — furniture, glassware, that stuff.”

Lau went on the record as determined to re-open the restaurant, at the Corner of Soquel and Front Streets in downtown Santa Cruz, “definitely before the first of the year – and hopefully before the first of December.”

That means that within three weeks or so, fans of chef Damani Thomas‘ supple seasonal cuisine will be able to not only enjoy an Oswald dinner, but a cocktail beforehand, thanks to the restaurant’s full bar. “It’s a great space,” Lau agreed. Eighty seats, and eventually lunch and dinner. And after over a year and a half, Oswald’s fans are mighty hungry.

See you there – soon!