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Downtown taco business closes after three months

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Officials from the city, county and Intrust Bank Arena were on hand in front of Union Station in downtown Wichita on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, to announce that Paul McCartney will perform in Wichita on July 19. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
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Officials from the city, county and Intrust Bank Arena were on hand in front of Union Station in downtown Wichita on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, to announce that Paul McCartney will perform in Wichita on July 19. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

Three months after he opened his Douglas Street Tacos in one of the canopies at Union Station, 701 E. Douglas, J.D. Young has already closed the business.

Sunday was the last day for the shop, which opened in late August in one of the four new canopy spaces on the Union Station plaza. The canopies feature small covered kitchen setups and outdoor seating.

He said he tried everything he could think of to market the business, including distributing more than 300 fliers and advertising online.

“But I just couldn’t get people to the area,” he said. “Food was great, the night time people loved it. It just didn't have enough traffic. As much as I tried to market the Union Station area, it didn't work.”

Young had a big summer hit with his Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice 21+, an alcoholic shaved ice business that is set up in one of the plaza’s other one of the other four kiosks. 8 Below Rolled Ice Cream has another, and its owners are expected to open a noodle shop in a fourth.

The shaved ice business is still open, Young said, though he’s made some changes for winter. His hours are now noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. He’s added a tent and heaters to keep customers warm, and he’s also put about 20 hot alcoholic drinks on the menu.

Rolled ice cream has arrived in Wichita and people are waiting in long lines to get it. (Denise Neil / The Wichita Eagle)

Mike Tokarz of Occidental Management offers a tour of the new food kiosks that will open in Union Station in July. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle

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