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

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The chain aims to make its presence known in urban areas, where most of the new stores are slated to open.

The new cantina-style spots will be mostly in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Nashville and NY with plans to open at least 50 in Manhattan, according to the report.

Which is why it's rather shocking that the Tex-Mex brand plans to open hundreds (300 to 350 locations to be somewhat exact) of new drive-thru-less cantinas by 2022.

On the menu will be sangria, beer and Twisted Freezes - slushies with rum, vodka or tequila.


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

Taco Bell is bringing alcohol to a select number of new locations but will be forced to ditch the drive-thru option in order to accommodate the change. Currently, there are already roughly 6,000 Taco Bell restaurants nationwide, but expanding the urban footprint, in particular, makes sense.

Delish reports that some Taco Bell locations in Chicago, Cleveland, and San Francisco already serve alcohol. That could very well be a possibility in the near future at your local Taco Bell.

'Cantina restaurants will also feature a new tapas-style menu of shareable appetizers - including nachos and rolled tacos - during designated hours each evening, in addition to the full standard Taco Bell Menu'.

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