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Downtown’s Cow & Sow Deli will close for daily business on Oct. 30

Tracey Coln, right, and her husband, Curtis, are closing their Cow and Sow Deli in downtown Wichita on Oct. 30. They’ll continue to serve late-night crowds on weekends while they look for a buyer for the business.
Tracey Coln, right, and her husband, Curtis, are closing their Cow and Sow Deli in downtown Wichita on Oct. 30. They’ll continue to serve late-night crowds on weekends while they look for a buyer for the business. File photo

After two years in business, Tracey Coln has decided to close her Cow and Sow Deli at 612 E. Douglas.

Oct. 30 will be her last day operating as normal. She wants to sell the business, but until she does, she’s carrying the lease on the space until May 2016.

While she looks for a buyer, she plans to open the deli from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights starting on Nov. 6. She will serve after-hours bar crowds dishes like homemade Frito pie and pulled pork sandwiches. She also plans to continue catering and will rent out her seating space next door for private functions.

“I know there has to be someone out there who wants a place like this,” she said.

Coln opened the business as a deli and mini grocery store in November 2013. She and a friend planned to operate the business together on the bottom floor of the Renfro apartments, next to Barleycorn’s. The friend almost immediately had health problems that caused her to pull out, but Coln and her husband, Curtis, kept the deli going.

She has loved having the business, Coln said, and her favorite part has been all the friendships she has made with her customers. But it’s time to move on, said Coln, who wants to focus on photography, travel with her husband and performing with her and her husband’s band, ConTrails of Oz.

A potential buyer would get the deli, all the recipes and a full staff, Coln said. The only thing she’s not selling is her homemade ice cream recipe.

Coln said she’s afraid she won’t get to say goodbye to all of her customers and has set up an e-mail account for anyone who wants to keep in touch with her: cowandsowdelitestimonies@gmail.com.

For more information, call 316-260-2523.

Reach Denise Neil at 316-268-6327 or dneil@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @deniseneil.

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