Two good things happened this week: The economic recovery appeared to be on track, and residents of Chicago learned that they will be able to get drunk off their asses at Taco Bell this summer.
Taco Bell just announced that its upcoming Wicker Park location on North Milwaukee Avenue will serve wine, beer, and mixed alcoholic “freezes.” The interior will be fancier than your average Taco Bell, with a “flexible restaurant design” similar to those launched in Seoul, Tokyo, and U.K. locations. Here’s what it’ll look like:
This is a big step for Taco Bell, which also made history with the introduction of the infamous Doritos Locos Taco, and for pissing off government officials, professors, and pundits when they pretended to buy the Liberty Bell. They also gave congressional staffers 6,000 tacos one day in April as part of a lobbying effort to spread the word about not allowing their employees to unionize and receive health insurance.
The office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast request for comment on how the Windy City will be the first in America to feature a boozy Taco Bell. (Emanuel previously commented on another fast-food franchise, Chick fil A, which he slammed as homophobic and lacking in values.)
But the Wicker Park location does raise an important question: Does this mean that Taco Bell will soon be open for boozy brunch? Boozy brunch—the time-honored urban custom of wildly brunching and imbibing that inevitably leads to much afternoon vomiting and public urination—already runs rampant in Chicago. There are many options in the town for such occasions, such as the El Mariachi Tequila Bar and Acre.
But in the event that you wish to suck down a Triple Steak Burrito or a Biscuit Taco in the mid-morning on a hungover Sunday while chasing it with plastic cups full of Chardonnay, then this Chicago Taco Bell might just be one of your preferred destinations.
Maybe. Hopefully. God willing.
A spokeswoman for Taco Bell told The Daily Beast that, for the time being, the times of day when alcohol will be served have yet to be decided.
“No information on hours as of yet,” she said. However, she said that the decision will likely come within the next month.
So hold off on plotting your boozy-ass brunch at Taco Bell… for now.