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Taco Bell To Add Alcohol In New Chicago Unit

June 5, 2015

A soon-to-open Taco Bell restaurant in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood will offer a full beverage alcohol menu, the first location of the popular Mexican chain to do so in the United States. The new Taco Bell prototype, which is slated to open this summer, will serve beer, wine and spirits-enhanced slushy cocktails in a sleek urban space that highlights local artists.

Along with beer and wine, the fast food outlet will offer “mixed alcohol freezes.” The drinks will incorporate spirits into frozen drinks already featured on Taco Bell’s menu, like the Mountain Dew Baja Blast and Sangria Blast and the Starburst Strawberry. All drinks containing alcohol will be served in specially designed cups so that employees can easily distinguish them from soda and water, and employees will reportedly be trained using National Restaurant Association alcohol service guidelines.

Taco Bell operates roughly 6,000 units worldwide, most of which are located in the United States, and is a division of Yum Brands. Taco Bell’s new Chicago unit boasts an upscale design with an open kitchen similar to locations in Tokyo, London and Seoul.

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