Taco Bell Isn’t Serving Booze in Michigan — Not Yet Anyway
You'll have to wait a while longer before you can wash down that bean burrito and chicken quesadilla with an ice-cold cerveza. City officials in Royal Oak have denied a liquor license request from Taco Bell's Grand Blanc-based owners.
Dortch Enterprises LLC, which owns 24 Taco Bell and 30 Subway restaurants in Michigan had hoped to be the first Taco Bell in Michigan to serve alcohol. The concept restaurant -- dubbed 'Taco Bell Cantina' -- opened in January, anticipating its request for a liquor license would be granted. The store's menu includes shareable type appetizer selections in addition to the traditional Taco Bell menu items.
Crain's Detroit Business reports that police in Royal Oak voiced concerns that the restaurant's clientele is typically made up of younger people, and that the area already has several local businesses that serve alcohol.
There's no word on whether or not Dortch Enterprises plans to appeal the decision.