Muck & Fuss thrives in downtown New Braunfels, building on a strong team and unique menu

The popular Shrimp Tempura tacos entree costs $12.95. (Courtesy Muck & Fuss)
The popular Shrimp Tempura tacos entree costs $12.95. (Courtesy Muck & Fuss)

The popular Shrimp Tempura tacos entree costs $12.95. (Courtesy Muck & Fuss)

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Muck & Fuss is known for its burgers and sandwiches, such as the Buffalo chicken sandwich priced at $11.95. (Courtesy Muck & Fuss)
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Owner Terry Muckenfuss opened the downtown restaurant in 2018. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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“I wanted to have a unique menu,” Muckenfuss said. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Housed next to the historic Prince Solms Inn, Muck & Fuss has become a downtown dining staple for many New Braunfels residents since its opening in October 2018.

Owner Terry Muckenfuss, after whom the restaurant is named, moved to New Braunfels from North Carolina 10 years ago with his family to open a Golden Corral Buffet and Grill. Muckenfuss has a degree in hotel and restaurant management and had worked in the franchise side of Golden Corral for his whole career, though he has been involved in restaurants since he was young.

“I started out when I was 16 waiting tables and all throughout college was in the restaurant business,” he said, “it’s pretty much all I’ve done in the last 20 years.”

After opening and owning several Golden Corral locations in New Braunfels and San Antonio, Muckenfuss turned his attention to creating a unique, independent restaurant.

In 2015, he and his wife, Celina, began planning Muck & Fuss and purchased Prince Solms Inn; the basement bar, Sidecar; and the adjoining land.

Muckenfuss then began putting together a team that included North Carolina chef Kris Fuller, who designed the menu that includes classic Southern staples, new takes on burgers and constantly rotating specials that change each week.

“I wanted to have a unique menu,” Muckenfuss said. Fuller’s experience and previous work at a popular burger restaurant in North Carolina are what drew Muckenfuss to hire her. “It was the creativity and edginess of the menu,” he said of her previous work.

“I try to find talented people,” Muckenfuss said.
The management team at Muck & Fuss meets regularly to train and develop customer service throughout the business by highlighting the importance of engaging with customers beyond the expected pleasantries, he said.

“We want our people to be genuine and real,” Muckenfuss said. “It doesn’t matter how good you are, really, if you can’t get along with people.”

As the restaurant continues to develop and maintain its standards of quality, Muckenfuss said the customers and a passion for the restaurant are what remain most important.

“We are a for-profit business, but it’s a lot more enjoyable when you try to do it and be great at it,” he said. "The biggest thing is just the team."

Muck & Fuss

295 E. San Antonio St., New Braunfels

830-255-7055

www.muckandfuss.com

Hours: Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.