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New restaurant to move into burned Rexburg KFC building


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REXBURG — From Colonel Sanders legendary fried chicken to the taste of the southwest. Del Taco plans on opening a Rexburg location in the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building this fall.

Mark Miller and Craig Allen, operators of the local franchise, said the new restaurant at 568 North Second East will create anywhere from 30-35 jobs.

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Allen told they will begin the hiring process in about two weeks when the new general manager moves to the area. Training will begin shortly thereafter.

The restaurant is not the pairs first Del Taco in Idaho. Miller acquired two locations in the Boise area in 2009.

The Rexburg building operated as a Kentucky Fried Chicken until the restaurant’s deep fryer erupted into flames in September. The kitchen was severely burned and smoke damage impacted the entire restaurant.

It was estimated over $200,000 dollars of damage occurred to the building.

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Little did the public know, Del Taco’s arrival in the college town had been in the works when the fire started.

Travis Stroud, owner of Northwest Development Company, was in the process of purchasing the building with the idea of opening the Mexican chain.

“Rexburg is a hot button for us and we got excited,” Stroud told

Both Stroud and Miller grew up in Rexburg and are excited to bring businesses into the city as well as the rest of east Idaho.

After almost a year of working with the insurance company and making repairs to the building, the restaurant is set to open in October. Job applications should be available online soon.