Fuzzy's Taco Shop closes, Hop Springs plans opening

Dec 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm by Michelle Willard

Fuzzy's Taco Shop

On Friday, Dec. 14, Fuzzy's Taco Shop announced in a Facebook post that it was closing Sunday, Dec. 16.

"It’s been a great run, folks, but the team at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has decided it’s time to close our restaurant. After thousands of tacos and who-knows-how-many beers and frozen drinks, we have arrived at the very difficult decision that Sunday, December 16th, will be our last day of operation," the post said.

The local franchise was opened in Fountains at Gateway on Medical Center Parkway by restaurant industry veterans Sean Chambers and Richard Phillips. The pair owns the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop franchise for the Nashville area, including Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson counties. Murfreesboro was their first location.

They haven't opened any other locations. In fact, the closest Fuzzy's is now in Alpharetta, Ga.

As to the reason behind the closure, Sean Chambers said in the Facebook post "we simply don’t have the resources to continue, try as we might."

He added there will soon be another restaurant opening soon and the staff is invited to work there.

"It’s our sincere desire that you’ll support them and continue to love on them the way we have and that you’ll help that new restaurant grow and thrive. Murfreesboro needs some great restaurants, and we’re confident that this new one will be a huge hit – especially since we know some of our greatest people will be helping them succeed," he said without hinting as to what or where that new concept will be.

The couple behind eClips Barbershop was forced to close after trying to make a go of it following the shooting of co-owner Eric Ortiz on Nov. 2.

Ortiz was shot point blank in the chest at the shop that he co-owned with his wife Alicia. After only a month, Ortiz attempted to return to work but it was too taxing and the couple was forced to close.

Antonio Hurt II turned himself in to police in connection to the shooting. He is currently making his way through the justice system.

There is a GoFundMe to help the family with medical expenses.

After only a few months in business, Project Donut closed at the end of November. The doughnut shop specialized in yeast-raised donuts made with seasonal toppings. The shop even offered gluten-free varieties. Project Donut was located at 2870 S. Church St. in Murfreesboro.

Good news

Hop Springs will be opening its Steel Barrel taproom to the public to enjoy 18 rotating beers and crowler/growler filling station including Life Is Brewing beer brands: Mantra Artisan Ales, Steel Barrel Brewing, and Humulus Project.

Hop Springs has plans of opening other amenities to the public for its grand opening in 2019. This will include a 60bbl brewhouse, 3-acre dog park, a pond over-look, 360-degree outside stage, 5,000 seat amphitheater and more. Hop Springs is a family friendly facility, and encourages guests to bring their dogs to enjoy the farm, and asks that their furry friends are leashed.

Hop Spring is an 83-acre research and education farm and production brewery that will house the offices of Life Is Brewing LLC. Hop Springs and Steel Barrel Brewing have proudly partnered with Middle Tennessee State University’s Fermentation Science Degree. The new facility will include fermentation and sensory labs for MTSU’s Fermentation Science Degree, live music venues, 18 hole disc golf course, wedding and event venues, dog park, hiking trail, hop and fruit cultivation, and sustainability practices.

Michelle Willard is a freelance journalist who fills her days with social media marketing, politics, true crime, and taking complaints. You can complain to her on Twitter @MichWillard or by email michelle(at)murfreesborovoice.com.


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