A new Mexican-inspired restaurant is set to open in a former burger chain outlet in Birmingham, and it could be open into the early hours.
Taco Bell is about to open its first restaurant in the West Midlands, with an outlet in the former Burger King unit in the Parade in Sutton Coldfield.
The business has submitted a licensing application to Birmingham City Council to sell alcohol between 10am and midnight, throughout the week and has also asked for permission to sell ‘late-night refreshments’ between 11pm and 4am each day at the Gracechurch Centre site.
Taco Bell is an American chain of restaurants that has now ventured into the UK with outlets stretching from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland down to Portsmouth and Plymouth on the south coast of England, as well as Cardiff, Swansea and Pontyclunb in Wales.
But there are no Taco Bells in the West Midlands – the nearest so far in the East Midlands in Leicester and Nottingham – so the Sutton outlet will be the first in the region.
The food includes Mexican classics like crunchy tacos, volcano burritos and a quesadilla craving box – tortillas with black beans, chicken or beef, and cheese.
The outlet will also sell sides including nachos or fries ‘Bell Grande’ – with ‘extra warm nacho cheese sauce, black beans, seasoned beef, diced tomatoes and cool sour cream’. And seasoned fries with nacho cheese sauce.
As well as food the venue sells popular soft drinks including Pepsi, Tango, Mountain Dew, Tropicana Orange and lemon and Strawberry Freeze.
Desserts include cinnamon twists and churros and dips.
The venue is currently recruiting for new staff and was open for walk-up enquiries on Thursday (October 14).
The Burger King outlet, which was short-lived, closed in 2017 as part of a rescue deal with administrators to save other outlets.
Sutton Coldfield’s Gracechurch Centre saw a wave of departures both pre and during the pandemic.
But there are signs of recovery in the town with a number of new restaurants opening including Veeru’s, Otto pizza, Tapri Indian Bar and Grill, Mutiny as well as live entertainment site, The Rhodehouse and most recently a MaxiSaver in the Red Rose Centre.
The licensing application invites for representations in writing to be made by midnight on Tuesday, November 9, with a decision and opening date expected shortly afterwards.
Taco Bell has been approached for comment on the new venture.
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