Hotchkiss folks have welcomed a new business in town, Taco Hut. Julie and Butch Lange opened the fast food restaurant on July 23.
Its location on Bridge Street means it enjoys visibility from those traveling on Highways 92 and 133.
"Mexican food is what we've always done," Julie said. She thought a Mexican food restaurant with a drive-thru would be a great fit for the town.
Both Julie and Butch have a strong background in the restaurant business. "I just grew up around it," Julie said.
They moved to the Paonia area in 1991. They started Bigs, which was located where Nelle's is today in Paonia. Next they purchased the Redwood Arms Breakfast Shop and turned it into Butch's. They sold Butch's 14 years ago. "I couldn't raise kids and do a restaurant. Now the kids are old enough and so we decided it was time to do something," Julie said.
Butch not only works at their restaurant, but is a miner at Oxbow.
About their new venture Butch said, "We're striving to keep getting better and better. We're here to stay. We're going to do what needs to be done to make people happy."
Taco Hut has weekly specials. There's Tamale Monday, Taco Tuesday and Relleno Saturday. On Taco Tuesday they offer three hard or soft tacos for $5. Wednesday through Friday is "You Tell Us What You Want" Day. "Tell us if there is something you really like that we don't have," Julie said. They also have three combinations economically priced every day.
They are adding to their already popular menu. They have new items for kids. For example, they have a mini smothered burrito. The kids' menu is also great for anyone who likes a smaller serving size.
For those who want to grab something quick and delicious in the drive-thru, try the Go Burrito. It's a smaller-sized burrito that's easy to hold in your hand. It's great for those eating on the go or for those with a smaller appetite.
Taco Hut takes care of the desire for something sweet with shakes, freezes, cones, soft serve ice cream and sundaes.
This past summer, customers had iced coffee to enjoy.
As winter comes, Taco Hut will have daily homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. The soup will be available in a cup, bowl or bread bowl.
Topping off their Mexican food are hot and mild salsas and Ghost Chili, which is described as "super hot."
They serve Coke products from Mexico made with corn syrup. They have Orange, Sprite and fountain drinks.
Approaching their third month anniversary for Taco Hut, Butch and Julie are grateful for the help their family and friends provided in remodeling the former Bridge Street Liquors building and turning it into the warm and inviting restaurant.
"I think we're doing pretty good," Julie said. "We want everyone's feedback — good or bad — so we can make it better," Julie said.
"We're here to please the customer for sure," Butch added.
Taco Hut, at 301 E. Bridge Street, is open 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. If you're in a hurry, call ahead 872-2100.blog comments powered by Disqus