Taco John’s values the gift of time, friends and family, so the Mexican quick-service restaurant made a change that is bigger, bolder, better, for its team.

To show commitment to its employees, Taco John’s decided to close its Fergus Falls and Wahpeton locations every Sunday beginning in January. The restaurants are doing this to give its crew time to recharge or spend with family and friends.

“Our family has been in the Taco John’s business for over 35 years,” said franchisee Brian Fuder. “It’s a family business, and we hope our staff feels like they are family. We try to treat them like family every day. Our logo, buildings and menu have changed, but we’ve tried to remain constant in how we treat our teams. 

“It’s no secret the restaurant industry is facing staffing shortages. There are too many weeks when our managers don’t get a single day off to enjoy adequate time with their friends or families. We made this decision to test closing on Sundays because we believe family and personal life comes first, period. We appreciate Taco John’s International for allowing this test to happen.”

If Taco John’s employees have the opportunity to recharge every week, franchisee Kari Melbostad said they’ll be better suited to deliver an even more exceptional experience at the restaurant. 

“We sincerely apologize if this causes any inconvenience and hope our guests will find time to come and see us another day,” Melbostad said. “We want our team to have at least one day to let go, relax and spend time with their people. They’ve earned it.”

Taco John’s Fergus Falls is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Taco John’s Wahpeton is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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