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A Tex-Mex restaurant chain makes its debut in Colorado next week when it opens on Colorado Springs' north side.
Dallas-based Taco Bueno - which bills itself as quick service and not fast food - will open the first of three Springs locations at 10 a.m. Tuesday at 7970 N. Academy Blvd., near the Chapel Hills Mall.
Opening-day events include a ribbon-cutting with new Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers; a giveaway of free food for a year to the first 100 people in line; and an announcement about a Taco Bueno partnership with a local nonprofit.
Taco Bueno also will open July 28 at Garden of the Gods Road and Hilton Parkway, west of Interstate 25 in northwest Colorado Springs. A third location will open this fall near Dublin and Tutt boulevards on the city's northeast side.
The chain also will look for additional locations in the Springs area and is considering other cities in Colorado, Taco Bueno spokeswoman Nancy Shloss said via email.
Taco Bueno's menu includes burritos, quesadillas and other items whose chili sauces, heavy use of cheese and other ingredients give them a Tex-Mex taste. The chain prepares its food fresh each day on site.
Its first Springs location will employ about 50 full- and part-time people. It will have seating for about 70 people and include a drive-through window.
Founded in 1967, Taco Bueno has more than 170 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas and Missouri. The chain is privately owned by Palladium Equity Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.