Colony Mar­ket and Deli opened Fri­day in Atas­cadero and nearly sold out of the in­gre­di­ents.

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY LIND­SEY HOLDEN [email protected]­bune­ Lind­sey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lind­seymholden

Atas­cadero’s new­est eatery had a par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful open­ing week­end — it did so well it nearly ran out of food.

Colony Mar­ket and Deli opened Fri­day on the cor­ner of El Camino Real and Traf­fic Way in a con­verted space that pre­vi­ously housed a gas sta­tion.

The shop — which of­fers spe­cialty sand­wiches, soups, sal­ads and beer — served about 700 cus­tomers from Fri­day to Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Joanna Wem­ple, who co-owns the restau­rant with her husband, Shayne.

Colony Mar­ket and Deli went through seven kegs of beer dur­ing the week­end, she said.

“The place was just wall to wall,” Wem­ple said.

Although the Wem­ples had plenty of sup­plies head­ing into their open­ing, they had to tem­po­rar­ily close on Mon­day to re­stock the house-made sauces and in­gre­di­ents they use to make their spe­cialty sand­wiches, Wem­ple said.

“For us not to have what makes Colony, Colony — it just wouldn’t make any sense,” she said.

Z Vil­lages LLC pur­chased the prop­erty in 2016 with the hope of find­ing a new kind of ten­ant.

“We just had a vi­sion of some­thing that pro­moted more com­mu­nity — of be­ing out and about,” Zoe Zap­pas, a Z Vil­lages mar­ket­ing and project man­ager, told The Tri­bune in Fe­bru­ary.

The com­pany, owned by Mike Zap­pas and his fam­ily, is also in the midst of de­vel­op­ing the La Plaza mixed-used project just down El Camino Real from the restau­rant.

Colony Mar­ket and Deli will re­open on Tues­day — in the mean­time, the Wem­ples are giv­ing away gift cards through their Facebook and In­sta­gram pages.

“The Atas­cadero com­mu­nity, I swear to you, they were like rock stars,” Wem­ple said.

To learn more, visit in­sta­ mar­ke­tand­deli and mar­ke­tand­deli.

The deli’s open­ing was the se­cond high-pro­file ar­rival in down­town Atas­cadero last week. SLO Donut Co. also opened its doors on Tues­day at the shop’s se­cond lo­ca­tion in Colony Square.

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