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Restaurant News: Bunky's Deli in town of Westport will close to public Friday

2014-05-14T10:15:00Z Restaurant News: Bunky's Deli in town of Westport will close to public FridaySAMARA KALK DERBY skalk@madison.com, 608-252-6439 madison.com

The owners of Bunky's Cafe on Atwood Avenue are pulling the plug on their 1 1/2-year-old Bunky's Deli off of Highway M in the town of Westport, near Waunakee.

"We just really want to do some simplifying and really do what we're good at," said Teresa Pullara-Ouabel, who owns Bunky's with her husband, Rachid Ouabel.

Friday will be the last day the deli will be open to the public.

"Eventually we just want to cater and do wholesale, to be honest with you," she said. "Wholesale has just taken off tremendously."

The couple plans to keep the north side spot to run their catering and wholesale operations, which is why they got the space in the first place, she added.

The Bunky’s space on Atwood is not large enough on a Saturday evening to do dinner service and cater a wedding, Pullara-Ouabel said.

The Mediterranean-Italian restaurant is catering 29 weddings this summer and Pullara-Ouabel said she has had to turn down some catering jobs, which she doesn't like to do.

They will take their two valued employees from the deli and fold them back into the Atwood operation. Longtime employee MaryEllen Kern, whose personality helped make the deli a special place, will be given a management position on Atwood, Pullara-Ouabel said.

Bunky's is currently selling its hummus, baba ghanouj, grape leaves, and falafel at Willy Street Co-op East and West, Hy-Vee, Woodman's, Jenifer Street Market, Metcalfe's Market Hilldale & West and Fresh Madison Market.

Pullara-Ouabel said they are planning on introducing new products this summer, and will also be teaming up with couple other businesses.

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  1. College Didn't Take
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    College Didn't Take - May 14, 2014 4:44 pm
    Too bad to hear about the north Bunky's closing it's public restaurant. We ate there about a month ago for Friday fish fry - excellent price and the food was awesome. At least the food will be available on Atwood Avenue, but the wait is usually quite a lot longer. Oh well - take a number and plan ahead.
  2. noside
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    noside - May 14, 2014 11:05 am
    Bunky's is a Madison treasure. We had them cater an event for us four years ago now, and people still talk about how great the food was. Teresa and Rachid are people who really listen and deliver!

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