We have made the decision to close the Ybor location.
What originally started as a project to bring in exotic flavors from around the world, quickly turned into a media fire storm, focusing on one thing: The lion taco. Apparently, some believe we had a diabolical plot to upset the fine citizenry of Tampa Bay; I can assure you, that was not our goal.
Regardless of the death threats, irate emails, and every organization trying to cash in and get their names in the papers and on the news alongside ours, there was a problem with Taco Fusion- and it wasn’t the threats or the mostly bogus online reviews from the animal rights crazies.
Several fatal flaws, at least internally- were at play that would spell the end for the current concept. A landlord-tenant dispute at the Bay To Bay location over the new lease; A manager who embezzled a dizzying amount of inventory and money. If that weren’t enough, upon moving, there was a shooting in Ybor City right next door to our new location; Less than a month later, a young man got stabbed in the neck and died in almost the same spot as the victim that was shot just weeks earlier. Both of these incidents were within a hundred feet of the new Taco Fusion location, and within a week of us opening our doors at the new location.
How do you try to lure customers to a location where there were two violent murders just feet from your door?
Customers started avoiding the now unsafe 5th avenue area at night which made sales dip and our late night sales non existent. Couple that with the fact that the police were telling people to leave instead of stand around talking in the parking lots adjacent to Taco Fusion. This meant our late night post-bar sales no longer existed.
One blogger wrote “Taco Fusion was an excellent idea, with poor execution“. I tend to agree with her. Consistency and management problems plagued the restaurant from the get go, which, when coupled with the above mentioned issues spelled the end for the restaurant.
The good news for Taco Fusion fans is that you haven’t seen the last of us. AS some of you may know, we currently have a developmental deal for a reality show, several interested investors, and a slimmed down menu and concept. As for the Taco Fusion brand, moving forward- it will be done right or it will not be done at all.
Thanks again for supporting Taco Fusion and we will see you guys soon. Be sure to stay tuned to this news section for updates.