Taco Villa opened up for business on Sept. 29. The Mexican fast-food restaurant was being constructed over the summer and the people of Canyon became eager to see Taco Villa open.
“We’re booming,” Penny Castillo, general manager of Taco Villa. said. “I’m surprised because we expected to be busy but it’s over the top.”
This is not the first time Canyon has had a Taco Villa. The Taco Bell off of 23rd Street used to be a Taco Villa, until PepsiCo bought out the building.“I worked there when it was a Taco Villa and PepsiCo bought it out but never bought the name,” said Castillo. “The original owner bought the name back and started building Taco Villas again. We are glad to be back in full swing.”
“We hired any body who would apply because we knew we had to have 35 to 40 employees and we are still looking for help,” said Castillo. As of Sept. 30, 10 more positions need to be filled at Taco Villa.
The people of Canyon have been looking forward to the re-opening, according to a Facebook group called “Bring Taco Villa back to Canyon,” which has 473 members. The construction of the new Taco Villa, according to city information, is valued at $800,000.
“I like Taco Villa because it’s got a classy feel to it,” Lindsey Steele, a first year graduate student studying Psychology, said. “Anything that’s new in Canyon is exciting.”
Taco Villa will be having late hours as well. On Mondays through Thursdays, the restaurant will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. On the weekends, hours are 10:00 a.m. to midnight.
“I’m very excited there’s somewhere else to go late at night,” said Steele. “McDonald’s and Wendy’s seem like the only options right now.”
“College kids love midnight snacks,” Daniela Aburto, a sophmore studying Sociology, said. “Everybody raves about the Taco Burgers.”
“I think being a college campus, any additional restaurant chain is a good idea,” Steele said. “There’s somewhere else to go so that other places are less busy. [We have] more options. As WT grows, I feel like the town of Canyon should grow too.”