Welcome back, Auburn! From the opening of new restaurants to changes in the state senate, plenty has happened in the last three months. For those that spent their summer away from The Plains, a recap is in order. Here’s what happened in The Loveliest Village while students were gone:
The Yard Milkshake Bar takes up space downtown:
Auburn’s ice cream scene just gained a new player. Featured on the ABC TV show "Shark Tank" in 2019, The Yard Milkshake Bar is now bringing scoops, shakes and more to The Plains. The creamery opened its doors on June 25 and is located downtown, on North College Street. According to The Yard’s website, the shop will offer select menu items exclusive to the Auburn location, such as the “Get Your Roll On” specialty shake.
Auburn’s new culinary science center is hiring:
Looking for a place to work this semester? Set to open in August, the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center is hiring for over 40 job openings. According to the center’s website, they are hiring for various positions within the center’s resident teaching restaurant, 1856 and The Laurel Hotel and Spa.
Tacorita closes its doors:
After 10 years of serving the Auburn community taco baskets, margaritas and more, downtown restaurant Tacorita has shut its doors. The closure comes after the expiration of the restaurant’s 10 year lease, which was up this year. In an interview with The Plainsman, general manager Adam Nemeroff expressed his gratitude for the resturant’s success. "Just thank you," Nemeroff said. "Thank you to the city for the support they've shown us for just over 10 years."
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opens on South College:
While Tacorita is closing its doors, a new taco spot is opening theirs. Meet Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, the newest Mexican restaurant setting up shop in Auburn. Located at the intersection of South College Street and Longleaf Drive, the taco spot will feature traditional dine-in services, complete with an outdoor patio. According to their website, Fuzzy's will serve up menu items like taco baskets, burrito bowls and margarita pitchers. Additionally, the restaurant’s Auburn location boasts the chain’s first-ever drive-thru.
Hovey steps-up for Senate:
Auburn City Councilman Jay Hovey will be taking this year’s GOP Senate nomination after a win against incumbent Thomas Whatley. The victory came after Whatley withdrew from the race in early July, stating that his decision was in the best interest of “friends, colleagues, family and the Republican Party,” in a press release following the election. Hovey is set to tee up against Democratic nominee Sherri Reese in November.
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Sabina Crisitello, junior in journalism, is the assistant culture editor at The Auburn Plainsman.