LONGMONT -- Those who waited months for the Longmont Taco John's to reopen -- and there were many of you -- need wait no more: The revamped and reborn restaurant opened Tuesday.
Employees on Monday were wrapping up five days of training with what corporate trainer Dennis Pollock called "mock runs," with employees getting practice on working the cash register and preparing the meals.
Location: 933 Main St.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week
Taco John's has been closed since Harold Holmes shut it down in early 2008 after 33 years at 933 Main St. He said at the time he was interested in staying in Longmont but was trying to find another location.
Shortly after, Holmes fell ill and the new location never panned out. Instead, Harold and Nona Holmes decided to rehab and reopen the Longmont store where it was. Harold Holmes died in February.
"This was Harold's last project before he passed," said Todd Geatches, who handles the 13 franchises owned by the Holmes family.
Harold's widow, Nona, is still around, and may be visiting Longmont for the reopening of the restaurant here, Geatches said. Photos of the couple hang on the restaurant's freshly painted walls.
Harold Holmes and fellow businessman James Woodson in 1969 bought the franchise rights to a Taco House restaurant in Cheyenne, Wyo. After buying the rights to that restaurant's recipes, which were an instant hit with the Cheyenne locals, they named their restaurant chain after the first guy who bought a franchise from them -- hence, Taco John's was born.
The chain is now more than 400 stores in 25 states.
The Longmont building was gutted and completely redone in the past year and a half, Geatches said, including the installation of an all-new kitchen.