April 24, 2017 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - R Taco, a fast-casual street taco chain backed by Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today the addition of a new franchise group along with the opening of new franchise locations in Ohio and Minnesota. Franchise owner ThreeWitt Enterprises Inc, recently opened a R Taco in Dayton, Ohio near the University of Dayton.
With this newest addition, R Taco now has 18 company-owned and franchised locations serving street-style tacos in Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Omaha, Neb., Dayton, Ohio; and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. with more planed throughout the year. The Eden Prairie, Minn. Location opened March 5, 2017.
“We are thrilled to welcome ThreeWitt to our franchise family as we continue to bring R Taco to additional markets” said Tom Berzinski, vice president, managing director, R Taco. “We see a rising demand for niche concepts that offer unique experiences and fresh ingredients, and believe R Taco has potential for significant growth.”
ThreeWitt is operated by three principles David Fisher, Eric Lundgren, and John Slaughenhaupt, The group previously owned 15 Buffalo Wild Wings franchise locations in Ohio and South Carolina.
“My partners and I are excited to open our first R Taco in the Dayton area. We opened on March 13 and the initial response has been fantastic,” said John Slaughenhaupt, principle, ThreeWitt Enterprises Inc. “The focus of the concept may be simple, Street Tacos and Margaritas, but the quality and the freshness of the product is getting rave reviews. Our customers love that we make so many of our items on-site using quality fresh ingredients.
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 to provide broader appeal as the concept continues to expand beyond its Dallas roots. Restaurants have a welcoming atmosphere with quirky décor, bold colors, an open ceiling and open kitchen, with natural and industrial lighting. Service is provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Buffalo Wild Wings is seeking interested and qualified franchisees and business partners with multi-restaurant experience to expand R Taco nationwide.
R Taco is a distinctive fast-casual taco concept featuring street-style tacos, all made fresh from scratch, by hand, and on premise. Warm chips, house-made salsas, craft beers and no-frills margaritas round out the experience. There are currently 18 total locations: nine company-owned and nine franchised in five markets – Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha and Dayton, Ohio. The chain was founded by Steve Dunn and Rusty Fenton, who together wanted to one day own their own street taco stand. The original restaurant opened in 2010 and is located on Greenville Avenue in Dallas, Texas, a spot Rusty and his family had dreamed about for years. Visit www.RTacos.com for more information.
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