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Taco Bell planning Cantina-style restaurant on the Strip

If you have ever had a hankering for a chalupa on the Strip at 4 a.m., you don’t have to wait much longer.

Taco Bell is planning to open a new flagship store on the Strip this fall, the company announced in a statement.

The restaurant isn’t quite to the point of the valet service seen in the 1993 science fiction flick, “Demolition Man.” In the film, the fast food taco giant becomes the finest dining establishment in the world and takes over all other restaurants.

The chain has some catching up to do if it wants to reach the fine dining standard set on the Strip, but it is inching closer.

The location will feature the company’s new Cantina-style restaurant, with an open kitchen design, shareable menu items and, yes, alcohol.

Frozen alcoholic drinks will be available to pair with menu items exclusive to the cantina restaurants. Customers will also be able to choose from beer, wine and sangria.

The restaurant will open at Harmon Corner, directly across the Strip from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and feature a dining patio with digital displays to add extra Las Vegas style points.

The new location represents Taco Bell’s move to focus on urban areas, a segment the company acknowledged as a growth opportunity in the statement. By 2022, the company plans to open 200 new urban locations.

Taco Bell released its Cantina concept last year with two store openings in Chicago and San Francisco. The restaurant will be open 24 hours, but will only sell alcohol and cantina menu items during designated hours.

Company officials declined to elaborate on further details of the restaurant’s opening.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0342. Find @BlakeApgarLVon Twitter.


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