Crowds packed Fuzzy’s Taco Shop for its opening day Monday on the site that used to hold Sonny’s BBQ on Veterans Memorial Parkway.
The Statesboro location is the second Fuzzy’s in Georgia and the 65th restaurant systemwide across 11 states. The other Georgia-based restaurant is in downtown Athens.
“Fuzzy’s isn’t just another Mexican restaurant, which is pretty obvious the minute you step inside our doors,” said George Lebus, the owner of the Statesboro franchise. “If you haven’t tried one of our tacos, or salads, or our chips and queso, you don’t know what it means to be a ‘Fuzzy’s fanatic.’ And our breakfast menu is just as awesome as lunch and dinner. I have no doubt the Statesboro community is going to embrace us with open arms."
Like other Fuzzy’s locations, the new Statesboro restaurant features a full bar, multiple televisions, a covered patio that wraps around the building, and lively, colorful décor with local community accents. Lebus said energetic background music gives the eatery a cool, fun vibe.
The restaurant chain is known for its generous helpings of uniquely flavorful Baja-style Mexican fare. Expanding rapidly across the nation, Fuzzy’s menu features its original take on the Baja taco, along with a wide array of handmade enchiladas, salads, nachos and burritos. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a wide selection of beer, wine, margaritas and other drink specials.
Lebus said to make the Fuzzy’s experience as easy as possible for people on the go, the Statesboro location will feature a pick-up window. Customers can simply call in and their meal will be ready in just 7-10 minutes.
“Our breakfast customers are really going to love the convenience of the pick-up window,” he said. “No more fast-food nightmares, and you won’t have to talk to us through one of those ridiculous speakers.”
Lebus said opening the Statesboro restaurant on April 15 was intentional.
“We thought we’d open on tax day so people could drop by and enjoy a great meal along with their favorite drink to ease the pain after seeing how much money they paid to the IRS,” he said. “Once you walk inside, our warm and Fuzzy atmosphere will make everything a little better … and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg like that check you just wrote!”
According to Lebus, the restaurant received more than 1,000 applications for employment.
"We have been so impressed with the pool of applicants to choose from," he said. "The quality of applicant is the best that we have ever had. It is very important that our employees have fun working here."
The Statesboro location will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. It is on the bypass across from Millhouse Steakhouse in the former Sonny’s BBQ location.
For more information, visit Fuzzy’s online at www.FuzzysTacoShop.com, on Facebook and on Twitter. Fuzzy's was founded in 2001 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Texas.