“We expect to open at least one more R Taco restaurant in the Greater Dayton Area, but right now, we are assessing the whole territory and working on our development game plan,” Slaughenhaupt said.
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“After opening in March, it did not take us long to realize that R Taco was special and that our customers’ love of the concept was undeniable,” said Slaughenhaupt said in an R Taco release. “We feel the R Taco future is extremely bright and our team is excited to be a part of such a young and exciting brand.”
Slaughenhaupt’s partners in ThreeWitt are David Fisher and Eric Lundgren. The group previously owned 15 Buffalo Wild Wings franchise locations in Ohio and South Carolina.
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“We are thrilled ThreeWitt has decided to expand beyond their location in Dayton to our franchise family as we continue to bring R Taco to additional markets,” Tom Berzinski, vice president and managing director of R Taco, said in a release. “Like us, they recognize consumers’ love for the unique experience, quality and freshness R Taco offers.”
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Launched in Dallas in 2010 as Rusty Taco and named for co-founder Rusty Fenton, the company shortened its name in 2015 to R Taco. There are currently 24 locations — 10 company-owned and 14 franchise-owned — in seven markets: Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, Des Moines, Iowa and Dayton.
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Another Texas-based taco restaurant chain, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, has signed an agreement to open its first Dayton-area location at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek.