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June 29, 2014

Taco Bueno breaks new ground

NORMAN — A Norman Taco Bueno that burned in December will open as early as mid-August, officials said in a recent press release. A groundbreaking ceremony at 251 12th Ave. SE, kicked off construction of the new facility.

The interior will have a completely different look than before, with community tables, individual bar seating, new lighting and new design elements.

“After a devastating fire, Taco Bueno is extremely excited to be close to reopening our location in Norman,” said Mike Roper, chief operating officer. “The community has been tremendous to work with and we look forward to bringing back jobs and our great tasting Taco Bueno food.”

The Norman store will be completely rebuilt with the newest Taco Bueno design. The primary design feature is the use of a Gabion wall system, which is a simple wire mesh and rock retaining wall that has been used for centuries. The Gabion wall provides a fresh modern look to act as a new brand icon that will be used going forward.

Once finished, the building will hold 55 diners. This dining experience will mirror the commitment to a quality and service found in other Taco Bueno restaurants.

Taco Bueno announced that it will be retaining most of its former employees from the pre-fire store. The company is also supporting local businesses for the construction and design needs of the newest restaurant including a partnership with C&S Development.

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