Wagon Wheel Deli opens

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MEEKER -- If you've got a hankering for crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, good old fashion gumbo, or even baby back ribs, there's a new restaurant in town waiting for you.

The Wagon Wheel Deli is in its eighth week of business. The restaurant features a variety of smoked and custom meats with a southern and Cajun flair, plus a wide array of homemade pastries, pies and cheesecakes.

Owner Toni Hatcher said she has been encouraged to go into business for a long time and the opportunity presented itself.

"When this business spot became available, I just couldn't pass it up," Hatcher said.

Hatcher said she is known in the community for her desserts. Having grown up with a mother being a baker, Hatcher said it was just second nature.

"The one thing I wanted was to provide something a little different and fits with my desserts," she said.

Everything served at Wagon Wheel Deli can be made to go. There is a daily special for each of the six days it's open. The store hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hatcher has seven helpers including her daughter Randa, a nursing student at Mesa State, who helps out on the weekends.

Dottie Kelley and Jeanie Cox, two of Toni's helpers said they love working at the restaurant.

"It is so much fun being part of something new," Cox said. "It is even better that everything is so good."

Kelley relocated to Meeker to help Hatcher with this business because of her knowledge of southern cooking and she loves the area.

"Cajun and southern cooking is really not hard," Dottie said. "It is just different kinds of gravy, green peppers, onions, a little garlic and you can't forget the rice."

She said she handles making the sausage and boudin but as for the desserts that is Toni's specialty.

"I do like the buttermilk pie," she said. "Only I don't have much time to eat now."

Toni said that after hunting season she is looking at offering a total catering service.

The Wagon Wheel Deli is at Colorado highways 13 and 64 behind Kum and Go. For more information, call 878-5944.

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