Fast Food Passing

Posted Tue, 01/19/10


A passing of note:


Taco Bell founder dies at age 86


According to Wikipedia:


Glen William Bell, Jr. (1923–2010) was an American businessman who founded the fast food chain Taco Bell. He first opened a hot dog stand called Bell's Drive-In in San Bernardino, California in 1946 when he was 23 years old. Six years later, he sold the stand and opened a new one two years later, this time selling tacos under the name of Taco-Tia. Over the next few years Bell owned and operated a number of restaurants in southern California including four called El Taco. Bell sold the El Tacos to his partner and built the first Taco Bell in Downey in 1962. In 1962, he sold Taco-Tia. Kermit Becky, a former Los Angeles police officer, bought the first Taco Bell franchise from Glen Bell in 1964, and located it in Torrance. The company grew rapidly, and by 1967, the 100th restaurant opened at 400 South Brookhurst in Anaheim. In 1970, Taco Bell went public with 325 restaurants. In 1978, Pepsi purchased Taco Bell from Glen Bell.

Two of my frequent guilty pleasures are the crunchy taco and chicken burrito from the Taco Bell "value" menu. They are perhaps unhealthy, but tasty nonetheless.


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