Taco Bell Opening 300 Locations, Ditching Drive-Through, Adding Alcohol

Taco Bell plans to open 300+ stores without drive-thrus
Taco Bell Opening 300 Locations, Ditching Drive-Through, Adding Alcohol

21 September, 2017

The new locations will be "cantina style", and are slated for a 2022 opening, according to a report from Food & Wine. The majority of the new "urban in-line" locations will serve beer, wine, sangria, and Twisted Freezes, aka slushies with tequila, rum, or vodka.

Shares of Yum! Brands were sinking in afternoon trading on Tuesday. "This is just an expansion of restaurants in urban markets (like Berkeley) that will not have drive-thrus as part of those new developments".

Taco Bell already has several other cantina locations in the US including one in Las Vegas, where they offered $600 wedding packages.

The company will build new "Cantina style" locations throughout the country where alcohol will be offered. The fast-food restaurant is a national chain specializing in Mexican cuisine.

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There are now 6,000 Taco Bells nationwide, but its latest vision caters to a slightly different, urban-leaning market.

Another interesting point: According to Food & Wine, the chain's drive-thrus make up around 55 to 70 percent of its revenue.

Citing the renewed liveliness of urban and even "downtown" areas, Taco Bell's Chief Operating Officer, Mike Grams, reminded the same outlet that the restaurant "isn't afraid to try new things".

Taco Bell is known for its unorthodox recipes, like the chain's latest Naked Taco creation, which is essentially a breakfast taco made with a fried egg as the taco shell, or a spicy burrito with cayenne pepper-flavored popping candy nestled among the beans and rice.

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