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.
“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
Hours: Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.