Milwaukee Avenue now has a pair of boozy Taco Bells, as Logan Square has welcomed a Taco Bell Cantina to the neighborhood. It’s more of the same for the Bell, which debuted its Cantina concept three years ago in Wicker Park. These updated restaurants serve beer, spiked slushies, and feature amenities including USB plugs and open kitchens.
There’s no shortage of bars in the area near the restaurant at 2432 N. Milwaukee Avenue, but that likely won’t stop curious customers from grabbing a chalupa after midnight. The Wicker Park location, the first Taco Bell in the country to serve booze, continues to draw large crowds late night even three years after opening. The restaurant has a security guard on site in case any drunkards get unruly.
Taco Bell is trying to stay relevant like its other fast-food brethren. Last week, McDonald’s unveiled a giant, solar-powered restaurant in River North to replace its rock ‘n’ roll location. The Taco Bell Cantina concept doesn’t required as much real estate, but it provides a different strategy in trying to portray the restaurant as trendy.
As Block Club Chicago noted, Taco Bell’s arrival brings mix feelings. Ramen chain Furious Spoon displaced El Charro two years ago at 2410 N. Milwaukee Avenue. When it comes to Mexican food in Logan Square, the neighborhood lost a 30-year-old favorite, but now has gained a fast-food spot known worldwide.
Taco Bell Cantina, 2432 N. Milwaukee Avenue, open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday; 7 am. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.