Carrie Rengers

What new Wichita restaurant is rivaling Texas Roadhouse's success?

The new Fuzzy's Taco Shop at 306 N. Rock Road is breaking all kinds of sales records for the Texas chain.
The new Fuzzy's Taco Shop at 306 N. Rock Road is breaking all kinds of sales records for the Texas chain. File photo

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop not only is the biggest of the 141 restaurants in the Texas chain, but it also has had the best opening and first few weeks of business.

"We just have our hands full because this is the busiest store in the country, and it has been since the opening," says franchisee Trace Welch.

Welch left the Texas Roadhouse chain to start opening Fuzzy's restaurants.

Wichita's west-side Texas Roadhouse is regularly one of that chain's top-selling restaurants, and Welch says he hoped the Wichita Fuzzy's could have similar success.

Even he, though, wasn't prepared for the response when Fuzzy's opened March 12 at 306 N. Rock Road.

"We set the busiest opening-day record," Welch says.

That was followed by the busiest first-week record and the second-week one, too.

"And we're the first store to be over $100,000 three weeks in a row," Welch says. "That's on $2 tacos. Can you imagine? It's crazy."

Fuzzy’s serves Baja-style Mexican food with burritos, tacos, Colorado green chili, white queso and “butt-burning sauce.”

Guests order at a counter and wait to be called to pick up their food. The bar also is a big focus with tequila and margaritas.

Welch is still eyeing the Innovation Campus at Wichita State University for a possible Fuzzy's, and he says he's getting lots of requests for the west side, so he's looking there as well.

The early success of the first Wichita Fuzzy's is even before the restaurant has started private banquets — the banquet room is doubling as a storage room for the moment — or catering.

Welch says it gives him even more hope for future sales.

"We hope to stay No. 1 . . . indefinitely."

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com.
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