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At least there’s no velvet rope.
BOUNCE RATE

The US Taco Bell that’s selling alcohol will also feature a bouncer at the door

By Deena Shanker

Earlier this summer, Taco Bell announced that it was testing out a hip new restaurant design, complete with energy efficient LED lighting, reclaimed brick walls, prismatic glass—and, best of all for late-night Doritos Locos lovers, booze.

Now the first US’s first location is adding another element: Bouncers.

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This is what the new, hip Taco Bell will look like.

Residents of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, where the restaurant will be located, are not thrilled with the idea of an alcohol-serving Taco Bell, DNAinfo Chicago reports. They are worried about late night drinking and underage patrons, and that customers will take their local craft beers or liquor-filled slushies out onto the street.

To allay their fears, franchisee Neil Borkan has agreed to hire a security guard. “[Borkan] wanted to cooperate and [he] felt at end of day it is a very reasonable request. It’s reviewable after a period of time. The plan can be changed in nine months [or] extended as is,” his attorney Bill O’Donaghue told DNAinfo. Approval for the plan, he said, was expected “any day now.”

Neither Taco Bell nor O’Donaghue was immediately available for comment.