Taco Bell is seeking to open its third ever bar concept with Taco Bell Cantina in Austin. If the liquor license is approved for the campus spot, get ready for shots of booze in the chain’s frozen slushies—Twisted Freezes—and beer. The tech-forward restaurant would also include free wi-fi and digital menus.
Update, May 13, 4 p.m.: The Taco Bell's booze sales were approved today, as reported by KEYE.
KXAN reports that the Cantina would be located at 2000 Guadalupe, which is currently owned by the Catholic Church, and is right near the St. Austin Catholic Parish Church. The church told KXAN that it doesn't mind the liquor license, but other businesses nearby don't approve of Taco Bell's plans. There will be a public hearing today on the taco chain’s liquor license waiver.
The first Taco Bell Cantina opened in Chicago last fall. This was quickly followed by another in San Francisco, which debuted without the full bar because of community pushback over the liquor license.
Torchy’s Tacos underwent similar liquor woes, too, with the South Congress flagship. It sought out a liquor license waiver to serve margaritas and beer, but opened earlier this year without the booze. Taco Cabana, the taco chain and drive-thru based in San Antonio, already serves margaritas.