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West-side Chill closes; east-side location makes adjustments

WICHITA — The west-side Chill Gelato & Coffee near 21st and Maize has closed.

"It was just not enough business," says Sudha Tokala, who owns the east-side Chill at the Waterfront.

A friend of Tokala's opened the west-side Chill in December. Once summer ended, Tokala says business dropped off dramatically.

Her Chill isn't in danger of closing, but Tokala is adding food back on her menu and changing the name to Chill Gelato, Coffee & Deli in an effort to get more business.

She used to have sandwiches on the menu, but her gelato business was so good, she couldn't keep up with both.

So she began concentrating on only gelato and coffee.

"Back when the economy was fine, that was more than enough," Tokala says.

Then the economy tanked.

"I guess that's the first thing people cut is the coffees," Tokala says.

Look for sandwiches and soups on her menu in about two weeks.

"I'm hoping that will help me . . . through the winter."