Taco Bell ditching drive-thrus, opening "cantina style" restaurants with booze

Taco Bell plans to open new

The "urban in-line" stores will be created to feature open kitchens, digital menu boards and local artwork.

Taco Bell plans to expand with over 300 new locations in urban areas by 2022.

You in suburbia? According to Food & Wine, your drive-thru orders account for 55 percent to 70 percent of Taco Bell revenues.

The Tex-Mex chain also has worldwide expansion plans, according to Bloomberg, and hopes to open more than 100 locations in Canada, China and Brazil.

Booze might be coming to a Taco Bell near you-but you won't be getting it through a drive thru window. This new initiative will probably serve as a super popular decision for the Tex-Mex brand, but it'll definitely be weird to see the restaurants without those handy drive-thrus so no one has to see how many tacos you're ordering on your own at 2 a.m.

Like the current cantina locations, these new Taco Bell restaurants will offer beer, wine, sangria and Twisted Freezes, slushy drinks with the option to add vodka, rum or tequila.

Grams says the chain's foray into a hipper, more urban concept for their restaurants shows that Taco Bell "isn't afraid to try new things". Currently, there are already roughly 6,000 Taco Bell restaurants nationwide, but expanding the urban footprint, in particular, makes sense.



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