By Parker Reed
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opened its doors in Ames on Sept. 12 on Lincoln Way next to CVS.
Ames isn’t the chain’s first move into Iowan territory, following behind the Ankeny and Des Moines locations respectively.
Some students at Iowa State were already familiar with the casual taco chain before their launch in Ames.
Elliot Klimowski is a graduate student from Des Moines studying community and regional planning. Over the past year, Klimowski has become a fan of the laid-back attitude and quality foods the restaurant’s Des Moines location has supplied.
“It makes complete sense for a place like [Fuzzy’s] to open a location in Ames,” said Klimowski. “It’s relatively fast, reasonably priced and has a unique atmosphere.”
Fuzzy’s interior design features vibrant colors and eye-catching art throughout the store with plenty of tables, booths and high-tops for seating from front to back.
Iowa State is also not the chain’s first college town location, as Fuzzy’s first opened in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Christian University.
Fuzzy’s now features locations in 15 states spanning the country from Nevada to Virginia.
Jason Elliott, the operating partner for Iowa’s locations, has seen great success at the chain’s Ames location since its opening almost two weeks ago.
“[Business] has been great. Lunch seems to be the busiest time, but it’s solid throughout the day,” said Elliott. “Our stores on college campuses usually do well.”
Another aspect that Fuzzy’s prides itself on is their fresh products. All the ingredients are prepared in-house every day. The quality of the product paired with the price ($1.99 to $2.99 for a Baja Taco) makes Fuzzy’s an attractive spot for a hungry student.
“We’re glad the reception has been positive and we’re going to work hard to make sure it remains that way,” said Elliott.
In addition to the restaurants traditional seating, it also features a full bar specializing in beer and margaritas.
Fuzzy’s is open every day of the week, opening daily at 10 a.m. and closing at midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
“I hope Fuzzy’s continues to do well in Ames, it’s a perfect fit,” said Klimowski.