Taco Bell made a big splash in 2015 when they introduced their first “Cantina” location in Chicago. This drive-thru-less version of the traditional tex mex chain was built to appeal to millennials, booze and all. In addition to new and exclusive menu items, patrons could order beer, wine, and Twisted Freezes, the chain’s version of alcoholic slushies.
Now, Taco Bell is betting on this version of the restaurant as it embarks on major expansion, looking to open between 300 and 350 locations in urban areas by 2022, according to Eater. Many of these new stores will be Cantina-style, going all in on the assumption that 20-somethings want to imbibe while enjoying a Cheesy Gordita Crunch.
Taco Bell plans to open at least 50 locations in Manhattan alone, in addition to outposts in Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Nashville.alone, in addition to outposts in Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Nashville.