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Naugles Takes Day Off as Endless Lines Crush the Reborn Fast Food Franchise

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They'll (hopefully) reopen on Saturday.

The line at Naugles in Fountain Valley
The line at Naugles in Fountain Valley
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Fountain Valley’s Naugles train keeps on chugging along, pulling in thousands of new fans along the way. The semi-secretive Facebook account that’s been acting as the de facto backbone for the resurgent fast food franchise has more than doubled its membership — to nearly 10,000 fans — in just a few days.

However, you’ll have to hold off on making yourself one of the legions of new fans that have actually stopped by to try the reborn Naugles menu — they’re closed today.

The day of rest is well deserved, as the response to Christian Ziebarth’s relaunch of the former Naugles brand (which at its height boasted some 225 locations across the Southwest) has been nothing short of astonishing. Calling their current location a ‘test kitchen" — they’re hoping to move into a larger space and keep round-the-clock hours soon enough — is pretty generous; it’s mostly a small cafe space in an industrial section of Fountain Valley, and has seen lines extending out the door and down the side of the building every day since the relaunch.

Whether or not Naugles will reopen on Saturday remains to be seen, though it’s pretty likely that Ziebarth and the team are simply taking today off in hopes of reloading for what should be an absolutely massive weekend. Hours (for now) are running noon to 7 p.m., though the food tends to run out well beforehand, so if you’re thinking of making a weekend trek to get your own cup of beans, plan accordingly.


18471 Mount Langley St #M, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (657) 845-7346