Archive for Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Taco Bell to reopen in Baldwin City

January 30, 2002

Fast-food tacos, burritos and chalupas, and maybe even a talking chihuahua, are going to be making a second appearance in Baldwin City.

Taco Bell, 126 Ames St., is reopening Feb. 6 under new management.

After closing at the end of August because of a lack of business, the Taco Bell building sat empty for a few months before being sold to new owner Larry Fugate of T.B. of America, which is based out of Wichita.

Lori Hader, district manager for T.B. of America, said the fast-food mexican restaurant chain wants to offer other dining options to Baldwin residents.

"We just want to give them a change from hamburgers or pizza," Hader said.

There will be significant changes, she said, from the previous Baldwin Taco Bell.

"We will change the way it is run," she said. "Our company runs the store a lot different than how it was. They run it by the book.

"Our No. 1 priority is the customer," she said.

As far as food, Hader said the restaurant will have a similar fast-food mexican menu found in surrounding communities' Taco Bells.

"And we're always bringing out new menu items," she said.

Once it opens, tentative hours of business will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the weekends, she said.

"It depends on if there are enough people to warrant those hours," she said.

But there has already been interest in the restaurant, Hader said.

"I've had people try to come in and order food for the last couple of weeks," she said.

The new Taco Bell, Hader said, just wants to serve Baldwin residents.

"We just want to be a Taco Bell," she said.

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