The Froggy’s crew

The Froggy’s crew stands beside the mural painted at the taco shop on Thursday. (Christina Martin/ Montrose Daily Press) 

A new eatery in Montrose may never have gotten the name Froggy’s if not for a fateful day for the owner.

Allen Frigetto recalled during his first day of college meeting someone on his dormitory floor who ended up becoming a lifetime friend.

When Frigetto introduced himself, his friend decided his name was “too hard to remember” and, instead, was going to call him “Froggy.” As they made their way across campus his new pal introduced him like that.

The name has stuck ever since.

After more than 40 years as a concrete contractor, Frigetto decided to venture into food, naming his new restaurant after his long-standing nickname. Froggy’s Tacos has been open since Feb. 6, at 213 S. Fifth St.

“Someone asked me what I was going to name it and I said, ‘I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just call it Froggy’s,’” said Frigetto with a chuckle. “It kind of works. It’s kind of catchy.”

Frigetto said the career change happened within an hour after a visit to Taco Del Gnar in Ridgway.

The Froggy’s owner said he didn’t have plans to open up a taco shop before going inside. But after seeing the simplicity of the menu and small staff size, he realized he wanted to start his own restaurant.

“It was a spur of the moment thing. I never have been in the restaurant business before,” Frigetto said.

Like, Taco Del Gnar, Froggy’s isn’t a normal taco shop. The establishment offers Italian tacos which ranges from chicken parmesan, beef short rib to portobello mushroom inside a tortilla.

Frigetto said he created the menu himself, blending Italian foods with tacos.

“They’re unique and different tacos,” said Frigetto, of Italian heritage himself.

Although Frigetto doesn’t have a background in food, he decided to fill his restaurant with workers who are familiar with the restaurant business.

But before Froggy’s ever opened its doors, it had to contend with getting a liquor license. Frigetto wasn’t able to immediately get one due to his taco shop being located too close Montrose High School’s campus boundary. A former city ordinance stated businesses that wanted to serve alcohol had to be further than 500 feet from a school.

Back in September, Montrose City Council decided to remove the restriction on the distance between a school campus and an establishment that serves alcohol.

Frigetto said his business doesn’t offer any liquor choices yet but will in the near future.

Currently, Froggy’s is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. But during the week of March 17, the taco shop will be open Sundays.

Frigetto said store hours will be longer starting this summer but the new time has yet to be determined.

Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.com

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