By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A new fast-food eatery is coming to south Yukon and the owner’s wife is part of a legendary Yukon grocery store family.
Taco Casa is building a 3,450 square-foot restaurant on a 1.25-acre outparcel in The Market at Czech Hall development, 12444 NW 10 in Yukon. Construction is progressing on the building at the retail center’s N.W. 10 Street entrance just east of Arby’s and Sleep Inn.
“We are thrilled to become part of the Yukon community,” owner Tyler Patterson said. “My wife Sally’s family was in the grocery store business in Yukon (Snyder’s IGA) for a long time in Yukon, so when we had the opportunity to come to Yukon, we knew we had to jump on it.”
Sally’s grandmother, Pat Snyder, still lives in Yukon and will come by to check on the progress at the construction site.
Patterson estimated Taco Casa Yukon will open in July with 60 employees being hired.
“We love how it’s come full circle and we could come back to Yukon,” said Patterson, who also owns Taco Casa Midwest City and Taco Casa Moore.
His wife Sally’s parents are Tom and Susan Snyder, who have two children. Their son Charles Snyder is a urologist in Yukon.
Tom Snyder said his father, grocery store founder Jim Snyder Sr., would think it is “so neat” that his granddaughter (Sally) and grandson (Charles) both have businesses in Yukon.
COMPANY HAS 100 STORES
Taco Casa has about 100 stores with seven in Oklahoma: Moore, Midwest City, Norman, Ardmore, Duncan, Durant, and Calera. New restaurants are being built in Lawton and Yukon.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the company started in 1972.
“Most of our stores are in Texas but we love Oklahoma,” said Taco Casa CEO Tony Nash, an Ardmore native. “Our stores do really well there.”
Menu favorites include tacos, nachos, tostadas, burritos, frijoles, chiladas, taco salads, and chili burgers.
“For fast food, it’s really, really good,” Nash said.
Patterson, the Taco Casa Yukon owner, said the company prides itself on cooking fresh food for its “fans” daily.
“We cook our own beef, cook our own beans, shred our own cheese, slice our own tomatoes, and fry our taco shells in coconut oil every morning,” he said.
Two more outparcels (1.23 acres and 1.11 acres) are still available fronting N.W. 10 between the future Taco Casa and LongHorn Steakhouse in The Market at Czech Hall. The sites are being marketed by GBT Realty.
The Market at Czech Hall, southwest corner of Interstate 40 and Czech Hall Road in Oklahoma City limits, already features more than a dozen retail stores and restaurants in the 30-acre development.
Occupants include Academy Sports & Outdoor, Burlington, Hooters, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, LongHorn Steakhouse, Five Below, Ross Dress for Less, Marshall’s, Ulta, Petco, and Hooters, among others.
Crest Foods has started construction on a 92,887 square foot “Crest Fresh Market” store at the Czech Hall Road entrance to The Market at Czech Hall.