Fuzzy's Taco Shop plans to make dining fun as it expands to the Orlando area.
Fuzzy's Taco Shop plans to make dining fun as it expands to the Orlando area.

The Orlando area will soon be getting its first Fuzzy's Taco Shop, and it won't be its last.

The Mexican food chain plans at least five for Central Florida, including the one that is being molded from a former Big Boy restaurant in Altamonte Springs, at 795 Gateway Drive.


After that, a Fuzzy's is planned near the University of Central Florida, in a strip mall on Colonial Drive.

The stores are roughly 4,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet in size and employ 40 to 60 people.

Fuzzy's is spending over $1.2 million on the two sites, but executives say Central Florida is going to prove quite lucrative for them.

"Orlando is a great market," said Richard Phillips, vice president of franchise development. "There are a lot of people here with more coming and employment is very strong."

That's why Fuzzy's has big plans for the area. The Altamonte restaurant is planned to open by early November and UCF in the first quarter, which is just the beginning.  "We plan five at a minimum," for greater Orlando, Phillips said. "It's an under-served market as far as what we offer."

Phillips did not say what other areas around Orlando Fuzzy's is looking at.

Fuzzy's offers fast casual dining, meaning patrons order at the counter and are called when their food is ready. There is also alcohol, at any time of day, so one could order a taco and tequila at 8 a.m., and all day breakfast.

"It's a fun and inviting approach to casual dining, Phillips said.

Fuzzy's has been around since 2001 when the first store opened in Fort Worth, Tex.

The restaurant granted its first franchise in 2008. It has since grown to 83 restaurants, mostly in the southern half of the US.

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