Nostalgia and a love for tacos led one family to bring back Taco Grande to Concordia.
Chad and Malinda Sallman, Brock Sallman, and Loren and Dena Miller formed SallMill, LLC last year for the purpose of re-opening a Taco Grande franchise in Concordia. The Sallman’s and Miller’s opened a new Taco Grande restaurant in April at its original location at 1421 E. 6th Street.
The owners have ties to the original Concordia restaurant that operated from 1975 until the early 2000s — including Dena who worked at the previous Taco Grande during high school.
“The response to re-opening Taco Grande has been overwhelming,” Dena Miller said. “Concordia and the surrounding communities have supported us since the buzz of re-opening occurred almost a year ago. We as owners work really hard to ensure we are running a business that will sustain itself for years to come.”
The restaurant offers a menu of fast food Mexican cuisine and prides itself on using Kansas beef. Dine in seating and drive through service is available. Future plans are to add convenience options such as online ordering through an app and local delivery. The business has 15 part-time and 4 full-time employees.
This project was made possible with investment by the owners as well as funding from The Citizens National Bank of Concordia and NCKCN-Four Rivers Business Down Payment Assistance Loan Program. Additional local funds for building improvements were awarded from the Get in the Cloud small business grant program administered by CloudCorp.
For more information about the financing programs used, contact NCRPC Business Finance Director Debra Peters at 785-738-2218 or visit www.ncrpc.org/services/business. For more information about the business, find them on Facebook.
This article appeared in the September 2019 NCRPC Newsletter.