FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Two regional Taco John’s locations will try not doing business on Sundays.

The Wahpeton, N.D., and Fergus Falls, Minn., sites of the fast food Mexican restaurant have decided to try shutting up shop, but only on Sundays. The move began at an unspecified date in January, and it will not be happening at any other locations at this time.

Franchisee Brian Fuder said the move is aimed at employees.

“Our family has been in the Taco John’s business for over 35 years,” Fuder said in a Jan. 7 press release. “It’s a family business, and we hope our staff feels like they are family. We try to treat them like family every day. Our logo, buildings and menu have changed, but we’ve tried to remain constant in how we treat our teams. It’s no secret the restaurant industry is facing staffing shortages. There are too many weeks when our managers don’t get a single day off to enjoy adequate time with their friends or families. We made this decision to test closing on Sundays because we believe family and personal life comes first, period. We appreciate Taco John’s International for allowing this test to happen. Together, with the support of Taco John’s International, we’re excited to see how closing for a day can positively impact our teams, our business and our community.”

He did not say how long the “test” would remain in effect.

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It’s an interesting move, considering that five months ago North Dakota finally repealed its age-old “blue law,” which restricted when businesses could open on Sundays. That change went into effect Aug. 1. Minnesota repealed its blue law in 2017, although that largely centered on liquor sales, not tacos.

Fuder had no further comment on the decision.

Taco John’s Fergus Falls is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Taco John’s Wahpeton is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.