Taco Shop on Fargo's North University Drive is closing its doors for good

Signs tease another Taco Shop opening in 2023; South University location remains open

The Taco Shop at 420 N. University Drive in Fargo is seen Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Signs on the restaurant say that it will close Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.
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FARGO - Another of Fargo’s Taco Shops is closing, but another may be on the way.

The restaurant at 420 N. University Drive will close Wednesday, Nov. 23, according to signs on the shop’s doors and at the drive-through.

The shop at 1825 S. University Drive will remain open, and the signs urge customers to “keep a look out for a new location in 2023.”

The North University Drive “Home of the Grinder” stands just north of a Dairy Queen restaurant and across University from Chub’s Pub and Package Place

The Taco Shops are owned by Troy Thomson, who bought the restaurants in May 2019 from Shirley Johnson, the widow of Paul Johnson. Paul Johnson had owned the restaurants for 29 years.


Thomson said he was unable to comment on the status of the north Fargo property, or plans for a new location, at this time.

"There is nothing that can be disclosed at this point," he said Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The first Taco Shop opened in 1961 on 13th Street North in Fargo with a five-item menu, sticking to basics such as tacos, tostadas and grinders.

Thomson’s resume includes being a multi-shop franchisee for 11 years with Extreme Pita and a partner in the Moorhead Crave Burger outlet. In addition, he co-owned the 9 Iron Bar & Grill at Fargo’s Osgood Golf Course from 2011 to 2014.

A sign on the drive-through menu at the Taco Shop at 420 N. University Drive thanks customers and says the shop will close Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.
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He is also owner and president of Elite Food Service and Management, which supplies food services to several area firms in Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding area.

Thomson had opened a Taco Shop at 117 Broadway N. (the former Sweeto Burrito spot) in early 2020. However, he decided earlier this year to close the downtown location and sell the equipment and furnishings as a turnkey operation.

The space is now occupied by Little Brother, an Asian fusion restaurant offering Korean, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

In August 2020, Thomson opened a Taco Shop at 1414 12th Ave. N., on the south side of the North Dakota State University campus. (The bay in the Bison Block was once occupied by Incognito Burrito.) Thomson later decided to close that location, too.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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