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Downtown Tiffin taqueria to close just months after opening

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Tiffin, Ohio — A Downtown Tiffin restaurant is closing its doors just months after opening.

The owner of B.E.S.T. Taco Shop & Breakfast Spot, 45 S. Washington St., announced the news in a Facebook post on Friday.

“This decision did not come lightly. Many sleepless nights were had contemplating changes that could be made to make this dream work. I am very sorry to have let this community down, and I hope you’ll use this opportunity to see & better understand the struggles that all small business owners are facing right now,” owner Jeff Snavely said.

“I will be posting an open letter shortly detailing my decision and the positive takeaways from this opportunity to serve you. Advice on how to save or salvage this is too late, and unnecessary as the decision is final. To those of you who supported me and my family these last 4-5 months, thank you from the very very bottom of my heart.”

Snavely, a Tiffin Columbian High School graduate, served in the U.S. Army and then lived in Arizona and California for a few years before returning to Tiffin in 2014. He had been working on making the restaurant a reality after more than two years of planning and investments.

The restaurant finally opened its doors in May 2021.

Snavely said the restaurant got its name from the acronym Bacon, Eggs, and Street Tacos (B.E.S.T.), as a reference to the menu, which included popular items such as California-inspired and baja-style street tacos, homemade fire-roasted salsa and guacamole, burritos, quesadillas, traditional sides, an Ohio based queso and breakfast items; including breakfast tacos and burritos, omelets and fresh fruits.

The restaurant also offered many vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and low carb options.

“For the next 7 days, I will only take large ticket orders (15 tacos or more of the same type, and full quarts of queso, etc.) to help reduce inventory. Please call 419-618-5032 if you are interested in that. The biggest thing to help me right now, would be to assist me in selling the items remaining. I will add two more posts today… one with my open letter (which I invite you to please share), and one with the remaining items I look to sell as we close up shop. Please refrain from sending me private messages asking what happened, I have a lot on my plate and will try to address those items to the group. Thank you so much,” Snavely said in his Facebook post.


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