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Texas-based Fuzzy's Taco Shop to open first Minnesota location

The North Loop restaurant will open in April
A seasoned ground beef taco from Fuzzy's

A seasoned ground beef taco from Fuzzy's

A Texas-based taco joint will be opening its first Minnesota location in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

The 18-year-old franchise Fuzzy's Taco Shop says it will be launching a mini version of its typical 3,000-4,000-square-foot restaurant, which it will call Fuzzy's Taqueria. 

The fast-casual, 1,100-square-foot spot inside the Loose-Wiles building on Washington Avenue is set to open next month. 

Rendering of the Fuzzy's Tacqueria layout, which is the model the company will open in MInneapolis

Rendering of the Fuzzy's Tacqueria layout, which is the model the company will open in MInneapolis

The restaurant is known for Baja-style tacos, burritos, guacamole and salsa, quesadillas and alcoholic drinks including margaritas and beer. 

Fuzzy's says it has about 150 locations across 16 states, the closest of which to Minnesota was previously in Iowa. Restaurant operator Ed Pittsley pitched a move to Minneapolis to the company last year, according to a press release.

"We are optimistic the Fuzzy’s brand will resonate with those in the area looking for affordable, approachable, fast casual dining,” Pittsley said in a statement. “The future of dining is as much off-premise as it is in the restaurant, so this new footprint works perfectly to serve the needs for the neighborhood.”

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