Rusty Taco in Beavercreek is SO close to opening that we can almost taste it

Franchise owners are shooting for a Nov. 19 start date for eatery across from the Mall at Fairfield Commons

The taco chain formerly known as R Taco, which opened its first Dayton-area franchise restaurant in March 2017, has a new name and a second Dayton-area location that is projected to open on Monday, Nov. 19, across from the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

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Its new name is actually its original name: Rusty Taco, named after its founder, Russell "Rusty" Fenton, who opened the first Rusty Taco in the Dallas area in 2010. Fenton died in 2014, and the following year, the chain shortened its name to R Taco, until deciding a few weeks ago to revert back to the original name to honor its founder. The Dallas-based street-taco chain, now part of the national restaurant company Inspire Brands, operates 27 restaurants in six states.

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David Fisher and Eric Lundgren are Slaughenhaupt’s partners in the Rusty Taco franchise venture, is set to open in the former Caddy’s Tap House space off of North Fairfield Road near I-675 and is looking to expand the Rusty Taco footprint in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas in addition to Dayton.

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The new Beavercreek Rusty Taco plans to open on Monday, Nov. 19, Slaughenhaupt said.  It will seat about 75 inside and another 50 on its patio. The restaurant’s hours going forward after opening at 11 a.m. Monday Nov. 19 will be: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The Cadillac Jacks location at the Beavercreek site transformed into Caddy’s Tap House in September 2014. It shut its doors in May 2018.

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