File this under EXCELLENT NEWS TO START THE WEEKEND: NYC is about to have a Taco Bell on every corner. Well, at least more Taco Bells on more corners.
A report by Eater NY lets loose the news that the greatest fast food chain in all the world will be opening up 50 new locations in NYC in the near future, debuting five in the next year alone. It's all part of a larger expansion that the chain is unleashing, with plans for 300 or 350 new Bells in urban markets in the next five years.
As for the ones to debut here, the first will open at 647 Broadway, 1034 Flatbush Avenue, and 491 Nostrand Avenue, with two more slated for Times Square and Corona, Queens. All but the Queens outpost will serve alcohol—local beers and "frozen, slurpy-type things topped with liquor" called Freezes, according to Eater—and will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining.
"The concept doesn't really need alcohol to be successful," says chief operating officer Mike Grams. "It's simply another layer to appeal to consumers who want it."
To be sure, a certain crowd might appreciate a little road Freeze to smooth the passage of a few Quesaritos down the 'old digestive tract. But most of us don't need alcohol to sweeten the Crunchwrap pot. True TB fans know it's perfect all on its own.
Taco Bell and "2012" on demand. This is the American Dream.
— Nell Casey (@nellcasey) February 4, 2012