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Toni D’s owner Toni Shadid dies at age 57

This photo of Toni and Dan Shadid was taken just after they announced they were closing their Carriage Parkway business.
This photo of Toni and Dan Shadid was taken just after they announced they were closing their Carriage Parkway business. File photo

A longtime member of the Wichita restaurant community has died.

Toni Shadid, a well-known Wichita caterer who for years ran Toni D’s Deli & Catering in Carriage Parkway and more recently had Toni D’s Too inside the Epic Center, died on Sunday from complications following knee surgery. She was 57.

Shadid, along with her husband, Dan Shadid, ran Toni D’s Deli & Catering for three decades before closing it in February 2014. Since then, she had been catering and running Toni D’s Too in the Epic Center, 301 N. Main. Shadid, a Shocker fan, was particularly excited about one job, friends say: Catering food for the Shockers men’s basketball team before their games, which she did regularly.

Toni D’s Too will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I knew Shadid and would always look forward to her calls around St. Patrick’s Day, when she’d remind me that the restaurant was serving a corned beef and cabbage special and ask me to get it in the paper. I always did.

Shadid is survived by her husband, Dan, and her daughter, Kaylee. Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, 7515 E. 13th St. Graveside Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Old Mission Cemetery. You can read her full obituary here.

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