Many of you may remember the yummy fast food chain that was super popular in the 1980’s called Naugles…well this article is about trying to help bring it back! 🙂 To see the full story keep reading and to see the newest news click here ➡ NAUGLES IS BACK! Beginning in 2008, my friend Christian Ziebarth decided to try to revive the old fast food favorite and has been trying to do so ever since! It has been a long journey for him and if you would like to read about his journey, feel free to visit his website here –> Naugles Blog .
In a nutshell, Christian believe that there was a need for Naugles just because he had large numbers of searches on his blog for this popular spot, so he started to put in countless hours, chatting with Naugles family members, Del Taco and perfecting recipes. 🙂
My question for Christian when I interviewed him was, “How do you know Naugles is going to be popular again? Sure, we are all super excited about it, but is it really safe to base an idea just upon so many people’s nostalgic moments with Naugles when they were children?” His response to me was, “I don’t need to do anything to push nostalgia with Naugles. The food will sell itself! “
I am going to have to agree with Christian’s statement because although I am not a huge fast food junkie and am very selective with what I eat, I know when something tastes great since I am so picky and do not each much fast food! Let me tell you…from my first hand meeting with Christian 2 times in the last 4 months, both times I sampled his food, each and every bite was amazing and tasted just as it did when I was a child devouring it in the 1980’s!
Naugles last restaurant was located in Las Vegas, Nevada and even though it closed down and Del Taco never did anything with the Naugles name, they have continued to pay a renewal fee every 10 years in both 1996 & 2006 to keep others from moving forward and bringing back the ever so popular Naugles. Christian’s campaign to open Naugles will hopefully help them from being able to renew in 2016 and just let the name sit in the trash unable to do anything with it.
As of now, Christian is trying to bring back the ever so popular fast food chain and he has several businessmen in several areas including California and Missouri that are ready to jump aboard the Naugles business! Christian has now held 2 pop up events in the local area, the last one being in Fountain Valley and selling out with people lined up at the door to enjoy their childhood favorite!
The Pop-up event was held at a small deli in Fountain Valley called, Pig & Parsley. This deli opened about 6 months ago with awesome food and apparently they also have a passion for bringing back Naugles! It turned out the owner of the deli was also a Naugles Fan. Even city workers from the city of Fountain Valley stepped forward expressing interests in having a Naugles in their area!
Naugles popular list of menu items back in the day included Macho combo burritos, cheese burritos, red sauce green sauce, hot sauce, tacos, taco salad, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, Ortega burgers (diced Ortega chilies) bean burritos, beef burritos, and combo burritos. In addition you could take any of the burritos and make them macho by adding extra ingredients and lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, red sauce, and green sauce!
I was so very excited to enjoy Naugles items when Christian came by to visit me and I want everyone else to get to enjoy these too, so please help spread the word about this yummy fast food joint coming back to town. Stay tuned for other future pop up Naugles events and I will keep you posted about his future opportunities to open Naugles restaurants throughout the US as they once were! A Pop-Up Event is scheduled to come to Lancaster this February and shortly after there will be another one in Orange County!
One small tip I want to share with all of you is that there is a small restaurant called Buns and Torts in Visalia, (just in case you happen to be trekking through that area on a road trip or possibly live nearby) that is actually owned by one of the Naugles family members and he currently operates with all original Naugles recipes! I have never been, but if I ever happen o be in that area, you can guess where I will be visiting! 🙂
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