Carrie Rengers

Wichita Cowtown Burger & Brew owner to quit restaurants

A few months after converting his Mooyah to Cowtown Burger & Brew, Anthony Powell is getting out of the restaurant business. Another restaurateur is taking over the space on May 2. (April 16, 2016)
A few months after converting his Mooyah to Cowtown Burger & Brew, Anthony Powell is getting out of the restaurant business. Another restaurateur is taking over the space on May 2. (April 16, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

UPDATED – Just a few months after converting his Mooyah franchise to the new Cowtown Burger & Brew, Anthony Powell is getting out of the restaurant business.

The former KSN, Channel 3, weekend and 5 p.m. anchorman, and his wife, Jennifer, opened the Mooyah franchise at 352 S. West St. in late 2012.

In January, Powell said he wanted to add beer and a drive-through to his restaurant, which is why he said he switched to Cowtown.

Now, he says he’s going to focus on voice work as a business.

“We all have our passions,” Powell says.

“I’ve done a lot of voice work on the side. Some opportunities have opened up for me to do a lot more of that and also to do some public speaking about my experience in news and being in business.”

He says after “doing a lot of assessing, I just want to be able to devote more time to it. It’s my true passion.”

Fugate Enterprises, which owns the building where Cowtown is, will keep the restaurant concept.

“It just was one of those things where we thought, well, let’s give it a whirl,” says Kym Money, director of marketing for Fugate’s Pizza Hut restaurants.

Powell says he knows it may be odd timing to make a change so soon after changing his restaurant concept.

“You never know when opportunities are going to come up,” he says. “You just can’t do everything, and the restaurant business is so consuming.”

Voice work is “just a better way for me to make a living in the long run.”

A new owner takes over the Cowtown space on May 2. Look for more information on plans there soon.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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