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Taco Bell Wicker Park May Serve Boozy 'Twisted Freezes' if Application's Approved

Meanwhile, local alderman not keen on a fast-food spot serving alcohol.

Existing Taco Bell freezes, which aren't "twisted."
Existing Taco Bell freezes, which aren't "twisted."
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Chicagoans' dreams of Taco Bell serving Malört-infused cinnamon twists and Dorito-dusted margaritas may be dashed. Instead, it appears TB plans on serving frozen drinks made with rum and vodka, alongside Corona and one local beer on draft, when Yum! Brands opens its Wicker Park space at 1439 N. Milwaukee this summer, according to a report by Thrillist.

The liquor license application submitted to the city of Chicago says there won't be a bar, just counter service. The application also includes descriptions for frozen drinks, called "Twisted Freezes," according to Thrillist. The descriptions make them sound like spiked Slurpees, and perhaps these new Twisted Freezes will be boozed-up versions of Taco Bell's previously offered non-alcoholic frozen drinks, like the Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze.

Yum's previously scrapped plans for boozy milkshakes, as the Bell's struggled with procuring liquor licenses. But they dusted themselves off and submitted an application on May 6 to city of Chicago officials, as first reported here.

Not everyone's thrilled with those plans. Ald. Joe Moreno (1st Ward) told the Sun-Times that he's not sold on the prospect of the fast-food restaurant serving alcohol in Wicker Park, which he says is built around local entrepreneurs. However, less than a half mile away, Chipotle Mexican Grill serves bottled beer and margaritas at 1733 N. Damen Ave. Nonetheless Moreno and other neighborhood residents are hesitant about living más and he wants officials to scrutinize the liquor application. Booze with your fourth meal may have to wait.

A Yum! Brands spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request to comment.