They’ve already got a blessed Carl’s Jr at the airport, but Brisbane looks set to gain another staple of American fast food culture with the reported impending arrival of Taco Bell to the Sunshine State capital.
Those of you with a burning thirst for quesadillas – or even a doubledilla whatever the hell that’s supposed to be – and long enough memories will recall that the company who once made a taco shell out of fried chicken first attempted to enter the Australian market back in the late 90s, but ultimately declared no más by the mid-2000s and withdrew from the country. Now, however, they’re set to ride a wave of nacho cheese sauce all the way across the Pacific, back to familiar shores.
The long-rumoured Taco Bell will rise from the site of the former Annerley Sizzler location south of the Brisbane CBD, which shut its doors in July and was summarily bulldozed the very next day. The purpose-built Taco Bell outlet will rise from the ashes of the Sizzler, like a phoenix with atherosclerosis.
Brisbane City Council is understood to have passed plans for the new restaurant back in May.
The arrival of the Taco Bell, in place of Sizzler, isn’t a huge stretch given that the operational rights to both companies are owned in Australia by the same organisation in Colin Foods Limited.
The Courier Mail today reports that an open call for “service champion” applicants was placed by Taco Bell on employment website Apply Now, though the link has since gone dead.
Even more curious, the since-removed job description called for people with current RSAs, meaning there’s a fair chance the prospective Casa del Flavour will also be slinging up hooch.
There’s no timeline or “official” announcement as of yet, but this is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Folks, the time to live más is nigh.