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edit0r@newslj.com news letter journal September 3, 2020 — 9 Taco Loco restaurant opens-at Fountain Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent Ozzy Garza Sr. is bringing his 20 years of cooking experience to Newcastle through his new family- operated restaurant Taco Loco Taqueria, located in the dining hall above the Fountain Inn. The taqueria offers fresh, authentic Mexican food. Taco Loco is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am. to 8 p.m., and a full meal costs about $9.99. From 10 am. to 2 p.m., the establishment offers an enchilada plate special for $6. Gladys, Ozzy Garza’s wife, explained that the busi- ness is considered a “taqueria” rather than a restaurant because everything it offers has something to do with tortillas. Street tacos are Garza’s spe- cialty, and he has started every one of his business ventures by making street tacos. “That’s why we named it Taco Loco, because we have a variety of tacos,” Gladys said. But that’s not the only reason for the name. The Garzas’ grandson loved the recent Disney movie “Coco,” so because Taco Loco rhymes and is easily remembered, they decided to put that on the front of their taqueria. Garza and Gladys formerly lived in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, where he cooked for and ran eight restau- rants over a near-20-year span. The family moved to Gillette, where they then lived for 18 years, but made frequent visits to Newcastle to visit friends. They grew to like the town from Page 1 ................................................................................................ .. Photos by Hannah Gross/NLJ Brandy Montagne serves Pat Brennan his lunch at the new Taco Loco Taqueria at the Fountain Inn, which opened on July 28. and the people, so the Garzas decided to make it their home in 2017. Newcastle needed something “dif— ferent” when it came to food choices, according to Gladys, and authentic Mexican food was just the thing to add some variety to the town’s palate. Because the Garzas already operated several businesses in Texas, it was a no-brainer to start up Taco Loco Taqueria. It officially opened on July 28, and Gladys told the News Letter Journal that they’ve had a good response from the locals. atmosphere is just like “one big family,” with “very little turnover.” Jones said she is fascinated by the continuing improve- ments in health care, and she noted all the ways that care is now streamlined — from a 20-minute flight to the hos- pital in Rapid City to a new vein finder that allows IVs and blood draws to be done more quickly and accurately. “She’s very passionate about her patients and what’s best for (them),” said Piper Allard, director of patient ser— vices at WCHS. Allard has been a coworker of Jones since 2002. Jones works hard to care for each and every patient the best that she can, according to Allard, and always tries to stay up to date on her knowledge and training. Angie Phillips, an infection control/employee health nurse at the hospital, said that Jones is a role model in patient care, interaction and Compassion. “She defines the word ‘caregiver,”’ Phillips said. Not only did Jones go above and beyond for her patients, but she was also “instrumental in community,” Phillips said. Jones was part of the Employees Matter Committee at the hospital, and she always played a huge role in events such as parades, the Back to School Bash and other events. Jones was always the one decorating the hospital building for holidays such as Christmas and the 4th of July, and she’d even get her patients Christmas and birthday gifts. “She’s had an impact on every one of us that have worked with her,” Phillips said. Many life experiences have shaped Jones into who she is today —— a hard worker, family focused and God fearing, Jones said. Born in Massachusetts, she moved around a lot because her father was in the Air Force, which is why Jones strongly supports the nation’s military. with her husband. The couple owns their own semi truck, so they’re planning on hauling freight, seeing the countryside and visiting family. Follow us on f. Facebpok M and TW‘iiter!” News Letter Journal: Throughout her life, she’s worked several jobs and has done “a little bit of every- thing,” Jones said. Jones has often worked multiple jobs at once, even in her time at the hospital. As the your LOCAL newspaper night shift nurse, she works a set [of days and gets a set of days off, she said, and she picks up _shifts at other hospi- tals on some of her days off. Jones is also “happily married,” she said. She and her husband, Michael, have been married for 16 years. Jones has six kids, and Michael has one, so together they have quite a large family. The couple has 24 grandchildren. Jones chuckled. “It’s pretty awesome,” she said. I Now that she is retiring, Jones Said she plans to get, her commercial driving license and drive truck over the road someone HAD TO BLAZE THE TRAIL. 150 years ago, the nation’s first female vote happened in Wyoming. Learn more about this historic occasion and our commemoration at wywomerrfi‘rs-Larg? 7am: —-———~—~—> ‘ “It’s doing okay — better than we expected,” Garzasaid. Everything is made fresh every day, Gladys said, and Ozzy begins preparing the food as early as 4:30 am. Whatever is left over in the ' evening is thrown out, so Garza always makes sure to calculate the approximate food needed for the day so as not to waste it. Although the kitchen is _too small for making his own tortillas, Ozzy said, he gets them delivered every Monday from the same company he purchased from in Texas. Gladys said they are fresh and never frozen. For drinks, they serve Coke prod- ucts and a selection of alcoholic bev- erages, including margaritas, which has proven to be very popular in - town. They also offer Mexican des- serts such as tres leches and flan. The couple is creating a new menu—one that’s less confusing, Gladys said. Instead of serving the usual chips and salsa as an appetizer before the meal, customers are served Ozzy’s charro beans, which is a homemade dish containing bacon, cilantro, onions and tomatoes. But chips and salsa are available to those who prefer them. As a thank you to those who have served in the US military, veterans eat for free every Wednesday because the Garzas said their service gave them the freedom and opportunity to run this family business doing what he loves. “We have great respect for vet— erans,” Gladys said. We wear enemies, keepers? mwutksgeedhamewmm becauseweéafesmmm. memgrammmm erecdanddoflrefigfitthingw arresareconamysurfivestfies‘e treabtingtimes. So Mask Up Wyoming! for more info go to “alumna” nu “We’re here because of them,” Garza said. Ozzy does the cooking for Taco Loco, and his oldest son, Ozzy Jr., aids him in the kitchen. His other sons, Christian and Jovany, help out where they can, taking orders up front or working in the back, and their daughter, Gladis, who is a nurse at the Weston County MemOrial Hospital, works at the taqueria on her days off. Gladys takes care of the paperwork and bookkeeping but said that Ozzy is the force behind the business. I “He does everything here. Without his supervision, nothing would get done,” she said. According to Gladys, the first few weeks after opening were a success. Although things have settled down a bit since then, she said, they’ve established their regular customers and hope to expand in the future. “We want to grow — hopefully, this is not our first and last,” Gladys- said. The Garzas are considering opening another location in Rapid City in the former Wendy’s building near the hospital. 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