ARIZONA NEWS

Taco Bell Cantina to open on Mill Avenue in Tempe by end of year

Sep 20, 2019, 11:18 AM | Updated: 11:45 am
(Taco Bell Corp. Photo)...
(Taco Bell Corp. Photo)
(Taco Bell Corp. Photo)

PHOENIX – Out with the old Mexican restaurant, in with the newfangled.

Taco Bell is bringing its trendy, alcohol-serving Cantina concept to Tempe’s Mill Avenue in the space formerly occupied by the venerable Restaurant Mexico.

The Valley’s second Taco Bell Cantina is scheduled to open by the end of the year, although no date has been confirmed, Taco Bell Corp. told KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email this week.

The area’s first Taco Bell Cantina opened in downtown Phoenix at the end of 2018.

The fast-food chain debuted the alternative concept in 2015 in Chicago and has been steadily opening more.

The company email said the Cantinas are designed to be hangout spots in areas not accessible by drive-thru.

The restaurants serve items found at traditional Taco Bells plus a selection of shareable items, frozen margarita-style drinks and other alcoholic beverages.

“The drink offerings certainly complement the experience, but we want to make sure these Cantinas blend in with the local aesthetic and you feel like you’re in your favorite neighborhood restaurant,” the email said.

Restaurant Mexico, a longtime Tempe staple, closed its doors last month. It was at the 423 S. Mill Ave. location for more than a decade and had inhabited several locations since debuting in the 1970s.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Police seek suspect in stabbing death of 33-year-old man in Phoenix

Police are seeking information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the stabbing death of a 33-year-old man in Phoenix late Monday.
1 day ago
(Apache Junction Police Department photo)...
KTAR.com

Apache Junction police seek help finding homicide suspect

The Apache Junction Police Department is seeking information on a suspect after a homicide occurred on Monday, authorities said.
1 day ago
FILE - Protesters in Phoenix shout as they join thousands marching around the Arizona state Capitol...
Kevin Stone

Maricopa County attorney says court ruling didn’t resolve Arizona abortion law

Maricopa County’s top prosecutor said Tuesday that last week’s court ruling on abortion didn’t resolve the issue of what the law actually is in Arizona.
1 day ago
(Customs and Border Protection File Photo)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix man accused of trying to ram into Border Patrol agent’s vehicle

A Phoenix man was arrested for allegedly trying to drive into a Border Patrol agent’s vehicle in southern Arizona last week, authorities said.
1 day ago
Dianne Gabriel Cola (Arizona Department of Public Safety Photo)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for 80-year-old woman with dementia last seen in Peoria

A Silver Alert was issued Tuesday for an 80-year-old woman diagnosed with dementia from Peoria.
1 day ago
Follow @KTAR923...
Sponsored Content by Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.

Sponsored Articles

...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Taco Bell Cantina to open on Mill Avenue in Tempe by end of year