Taco John’s, a national Mexican food chain, announced plans to build 20 restaurants in the Nashville region last year and the company has shown interest in Spring Hill.
Last year, the taco franchise announced an agreement with Excellent Tacos LLC for the Nashville market and Van Ingram, Taco John’s vice president of franchise development, told the Nashville Business Journal their goal is to open at least two to four locations locally this year and they had their eye on Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill and Antioch.
In fact, the first Middle Tennessee Taco John’s is currently under construction in LaVergne. Plans for the Antioch location (on the corner of Hamilton Church Road and Murfreesboro Pike) will be before Metro Council for approval later this month, reports The Tennessean. Spring Hill-based- developer American Development Partners are the builders of both the LaVergne and Antioch locations.
What about Spring Hill?
Ingram visited Spring Hill, as he did the other aforementioned cities last year, and says a Spring Hill location is under consideration.
“We will continue considering sites in Spring Hill but we do not have something locked up at this time,” he said.
Representatives from Taco John’s spoke to the City of Spring Hill representatives last year, but haven’t approached them recently about opening a location in Spring Hill
“We spoke to them briefly in Vegas last year at the retail conference, but they have not contacted us about coming to Spring Hill, as of today.” said Rick Graham, mayor of Spring Hill.
What is Taco John’s?
Taco John’s has more than 400 restaurants in 25 states and they’re headquartered in Wyoming. They’ve developed a fan base in the central and north-central United States and have decided 2017 is the year to make a bold move into new territories.
Taco John’s says their main competitor is Taco Bell, but they think they bring something special to the table that will intrigue patrons. They dub their food “West-Mex” and some of their most popular items are their salsa bar, authentic street tacos, meat and potato burritos and potato oles (round bites of crunchy potato, cooked fresh and sprinkled with signature blend of bold spices. Perfect for dipping into nacho cheese, sour cream, guacamole or salsa.)
Also, “the brand has cultivated all-day appeal for years. The company says 8 percent of all business comes during breakfast hours, while 37 percent arrives after 4 p.m. Dinner and late-night snacking is a major component of its model, which positions Taco John’s firmly in the millennial market as well as the traditional one. They even trademarked the term ‘Taco Tuesday’ in 1989,” reports qsrmagazine.com
What People Say About Taco John’s?
If you’re from the south, you’re probably not familiar with Taco John’s, so we decided to check out some online reviews to see what people think. From perusing reviews, it is clear that Taco John’s has acquired a loyal fan base who believe this is not just your ordinary fast food joint. Here’s a look at a few reviews:
“Meticulous is not a word you hear very often in a review for a fast food restaurant, this actually might be the first time, but I think this place deserves the title since this place was very clean, spotless in fact. The salsa and drink station was so clean and neatly arranged that I thought my Mom snuck in here in the middle of the night. The food was also very fresh, tasty and very plentiful.”
“Never had a bad experience here. Love their Taco Tuesdays, tacos are 99 cents. Side bar of salsa is awesome. The staff seem very invested in your experience being a positive one. We have never eaten here without a manager or server coming by to check that everything is great and will bus your tray, dishes for you. For a Fast Food property, they have an awesome staff customer service training program and it shows. Their salsa bar is tended to constantly and is always fresh and full loaded.”
“How to begin – simply put, this is a solid portrayal of what fast food should endeavour to be. While some of their product line is indicative of the bland “tex-mex” we’re all used to from Taco Bell, etc., they have a dash of uniqueness that sets them apart from the crowd. “