Petition to Del Taco: Bring Back Naugles!
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Dick Naugle Says: Bring My Food Back to Del Taco!Judging by the enormous reaction in the Naugles, RIP entry posted elsewhere on this blog, where people have left comments detailing their memories of and longing for food from the old Naugles Mexican fast food chain, I think we have enough of a basis to petition Del Taco to bring back some of the Naugles items (and the logo).
Naugles was actually begun by a Del Taco employee (Dick Naugles) and then about 18 years later was purchased by Del Taco. For a brief period the former Naugles locations were co-branded as Del Taco and Naugles but they eventually all became just Del Tacos. The former Naugles menu has influenced the current Del Taco menu in the form of its Macho items such as the Macho Nachos but many people still crave several Naugles items that are no longer available, especially the cheese burrito and the Naugleburger (the root beer shake mentioned by one commenter sounds good too).
Now the current president and CEO of Del Taco, Shirlene Lopez, is herself a former Naugles employee (talk about irony!) and she has stated in a recent issue of OC Metro that she plans on introducing innovative new menu items for 2008. With all of the points of intersection that Del Taco and Naugles have had over the years maybe the best way to rev up the Del Taco menu would be to bring back the unique Naugles items. People love it, people want it, and people will buy it. I don't see any drawbacks. It won't create competition for Del Taco since people would be purchasing the Naugles items from Del Taco. This would be a win/win situation.
If you have any thoughts on the matter or would like to add your name to this petition please leave a comment here.