Fuzzy’s heads to Florida


Fuzzy’s heads to Florida

A Fort Worth favorite since 2001, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open more than 20 new restaurants in Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and Fort Myers, Fla., over the next six years.

The franchise, which today has 79 locations in nine states, announced the first four restaurants will open this summer in Florida. Each new Florida location will employ 25 to 30 employees.

“Florida is ripe and ready to embrace our Baja-style Tex-Mex cuisine that’s freshly made from scratch and served with fun frozen drinks or ice-cold beer at an affordable price in a casual atmosphere,” said Paul Rickels, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s senior vice president of franchise.

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Fuzzy’s menu features its original take on the Baja taco, an array of handmade enchiladas, salads, nachos, burritos and its signature white queso and chips as well as catering. Fuzzy’s Taco Shops are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and most locations offer a selection of beer, wine, margaritas and other specialty cocktails as well as free Wi-Fi and dog-friendly patios.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was recently named to website and mobile app Urbanspoon’s annual list of “Top American Eateries for Cheap Eats,” and was among the 12 quick-service and fast-casual brands named “Best Franchise Deals” by QSR Magazine in the publication’s fifth-annual report.

Founded in 2001 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, the original Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was purchased by father-and-son Alan and Chuck Bush after two years of operation. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is a member of the International Franchise Association and participates in IFA’s VetFran Program, which provides special financial incentives to qualified veterans.

Betty Dillard

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