By CLINT FOSTER
The local Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is under new management and hometown co-owners Jim Kostiha and Jason Sizemore have big plans for the future of their new restaurant and its place in a downtown brimming with potential for growth.
Kostiha – who also owns Old School Pizza in Mineral Wells and has been in the restaurant business for about six years – was quite familiar with the baja-style taco chain from his days as a student at Texas Christian University.
Among Fort Worth natives, especially the Horned Frog faithful, the original Fuzzy’s on Berry Street has something of a cult following.
When Kostiha heard the local Fuzzy’s, at 306 North Oak Ave., was for sale, he said he didn’t hesitate to call his friend Sizemore so the two could go into business together.
“This has been years in the making,” Kostiha said. “We just had somebody call with interest about us doing something at Fuzzy’s.
“Jason was the first person I thought about, so I called him and he was on board.”
Sizemore, who was teaching and coaching at Weatherford High School when Kostiha called, took his friend up on his proposal without a second thought and resigned from his job to head west.
“I’m always up for a new adventure and had always wanted to do something like this,” Sizemore said. “I just jumped on the opportunity, especially after I came over and visited the place. It’s such a unique place, how could you not want to work here?”
Because both men grew up in and around Mineral Wells, they said it holds a special place in their hearts.
Since they officially purchased Fuzzy’s, the news came down of the $56 million dollar project to revive the legendary Baker Hotel and thereby provide a significant boost to the entire city of Mineral Wells, particularly the downtown area. Kostiha and Sizemore said the Baker news was the perfect icing on the cake to their latest acquisition.