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For the first time ever, Taco Bell will begin serving alcohol. The guinea pig location for this boozy new concept is the Taco Bell in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.The franchise is opening in mid to late August, and its owner has agreed to hire a bouncer to keep watch on late nights and weekends, and to make sure that no alcohol is served after midnight.
The company has also confirmed that alcoholic beverages will only be served in-house (so that mean no sneaky partiers at the drive-thru), and in separate cups to distinguish alcoholic from non-alcoholic beverages.
Neil Borkan, the Taco Bell franchisee, has agreed to hire the security guard to man the door from 9 p.m. until midnight Thursday through Saturday. Alcohol sales will end at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday, according to DNA Info. Besides alcohol, this location will also serve appetizers (which no other Taco Bell location has), and will have a sleeker, more urban design.