Nacho Average Nostalgia: First-Ever Taco Bell Saved From Demolition

Staff Writer
Taco Bell has intervened to save their first-ever restaurant location in Downey, California, from a fate of demolition
“Numero Uno es muy importante!” Taco Bell says.

Taco Bell

“Numero Uno es muy importante!” Taco Bell says.

You’d be hard-pressed these days to find a town without Taco Bell’s quesalupas and burritos, but back in 1962, there was only one Taco Bell in town: a small, brightly-colored taco shack in Downey, California.

Until recently, the world’s first-ever Taco Bell, which closed in 1986 and has been home to many taco shacks since, was under threat of demolition. However, thanks to Taco Bell corporate headquarters, the building will not face bulldozer fate.

We Are the Next, a non-profit organization that saves historic and cultural landmarks, contacted Taco Bell to ask for help as the December 1 demolition deadline approached. T-Bell stepped in, and now the shack will be lifted from its foundation to be paraded throughout the streets of Orange County until it arrives at its new home near Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, California.

“When we heard about the chance of it being demolished, we had to step in,” Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol told the Los Angeles Times. “We owe that to our fans. We owe that to Glen Bell.”

Onlookers are encouraged to watch the building’s progress as it makes its way across Orange County.

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