Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Plans to Open 40 New Restaurants in Arizona and Texas

by Katie Lee

Irving, Texas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® has signed two multi-unit development agreements to mark the Baja-inspired brand’s expansion throughout Arizona and Texas. The deals will bring 40 new restaurants to those markets over the next 8 years.

“Fuzzy’s has transformed from a single neighborhood taco shop with a chill vibe in Fort Worth, Texas, into an emerging, nationally franchised concept with an exceptional bar program and a Baja-inspired menu that our guests have come to crave,” says Paul Damico, president of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. “As we prepare to grow Fuzzy’s Taco Shops throughout Arizona and Texas, we’re excited to work with existing and new franchisees to help lead the growth.”

Established Fuzzy’s Taco Shop franchisee Marc Rogers, of Rogers Restaurant Group, will bring 15 new restaurants to Arizona and the Phoenix area by 2032. Rogers Restaurant Group opened its first Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Fort Collins, Colo., in 2011, and today owns and/or operates 16 Fuzzy’s restaurants throughout Colorado.

Hnreck Nazarian, of Nazarian Global Enterprises (NGE), will become the newest Fuzzy’s Taco Shop franchisee and open 25 new restaurants over the next 7 years throughout the Houston market. A multi-unit restaurant operator with 23 IHOP restaurants, NGE has been an IHOP franchisee since 2001.

Founded in 2003 in Fort Worth, Texas, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 130 locations open today in 18 states. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop restaurants are franchised by affiliates of Pasadena, Calif.-based Dine Brands Global, Inc., which acquired the brand in December 2022. For more information, visit https://fuzzystacoshop.com/taco-franchising/ and www.fuzzystacoshop.com.

Dine Brands Global, Inc., through its subsidiaries and franchisees, supports and operates restaurants under the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar®, IHOP® and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® brands. As of March 31, 2024, these three brands consisted of close to 3,600 restaurants across 18 international markets. For more information, visit www.dinebrands.com.

Rogers Restaurant Group (RRG), founded in 2011, began as the owner and operator of a single Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Fort Collins, Colo. Since then, RRG has expanded its portfolio to include 16 Fuzzy’s Taco Shops, two Newk’s Eatery through a multi-unit deal, and is in the growth phase with Another Broken Egg Café.

Nazarian Global Enterprises is a multi-brand restaurant owner and operator headquartered in Texas.

SOURCE: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

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