New owner combines business passion with Mexican food flare, community involvement

Charles City, Iowa -When you think of Taco Johns, one food item may just touch your taste buds a little more than something else – their potato oles.

It’s that signature item that keeps calling customers back.

That’s one of the many things bringing  Arron Nelson back to Charles City to take over the business after his father-in-law Carl.


Nelson is a 1990 graduate of Charles City High School. In 2000 he started on the front lines with the original crew when Carl opened Taco johns.

Despite the change in ownership nearly two decades later, Nelson says Taco Johns will be a community activist.


Nelson adds he has other businesses in Cedar Rapids and Marion.  He enjoys working with people that can help accomplish meeting needs of others.

That’s what keeps him coming back.  Nelson said so do the potato oles.

Simple and tasteful are two words to describe Taco John’s signature side.  Those same words can be used to pair Aaron Nelson and his new adventure.



Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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