Taco Bell Serving Alcohol, First in DC Area, Opening in Alexandria

A Taco Bell that serves alcohol — the first in the D.C. area — is headed to Old Town Alexandria. Taco Bell Cantina is set to open at 417 King St. on Friday, Dec. 21, a spokesperson said.

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The fast-food joint will "mix the traditional Taco Bell fare with new shareable menu items and alcoholic beverages including freezes, beer and wine," a permit request to the City of Alexandria said.
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Here's where the Taco Bell Cantina is set to open, next to the Irish-themed gift shop The Irish Walk. Both are four blocks from the waterfront and steps from where a farmers market is held every Saturday.
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When the first Taco Bell Cantina location in the country opened in Chicago in 2015, they served Twisted Freeze frozen drinks in three flavors: Mountain Dew Baja Blast (blue-green) Cantina Punch (red) and Margarita (yellow). Then, patrons could get tequila, rum or vodka added.
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A Taco Bell Cantina in Brooklyn has hot sauce packet wallpaper.
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The Brooklyn location also has taco-themed art.
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Here's another view of the inside of the Brooklyn location.
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Taco Bell said earlier this year that the Alexandria location would fit in with the historic neighborhood. "We want to make sure these Cantinas blend in with the local aesthetic and you feel like you’re in your favorite neighborhood restaurant," Taco Bell said in a statement to News4. Here's what the Chicago location looked like when it opened.
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Some Old Town residents wanted Taco Bell to stay out, citing concerns about noise, trash and disorder. "This is not the type of restaurant we want in Old Town. (The Subway is already awful!) This is a huge chain that will create unsightly crowds and trash and nuisance," one resident wrote in a public comment. Others said the area already has plenty of restaurants and bars that stay open late, and that Old Town needs more low-cost restaurants.
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Taco Bell is planning to open at least 300 urban locations by 2022, the company said. A majority of these restaurants will be Taco Bell Cantinas that serve alcohol. The locations don't have drive-thrus, and no alcohol can be taken off the premises.
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A worker serves sangria at a Taco Bell Cantina in Chicago.
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