Taco Bell unveils futuristic new restaurant design and drive-thru lanes
Taco Bell is building a new 2-story restaurant in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and it boasts of futuristic designs. It will feature a 4-lane drive-thru and is expected to open in the second half of 2022.
According to Fox Business, Taco Bell announced that it is set to break ground for its new restaurant branch later this month. The new concept applied for the building is called the “Taco Bell Defy,” and it will sit on a 3,000 square foot area.
The new design has been described as something that will place the taco chain ahead of the drive-thru game. The company also called the two-story building “the frictionless future of Taco Bell."
In the four lanes of the new Taco Bell restaurant, three lanes will be dedicated to delivery pick-ups and mobile orders. The fourth lane is for the usual order and drive-through arrangement.
The staff will be working on the second level, above the drive-thrus, and they will communicate with customers via video and digital screens. Apparently, the goal for this setup is to offer contactless delivery. The orders are handed out through a lift system developed by Vertical Works, a Minneapolis-based firm that specializes in optimizing manufacturing and construction in retail, healthcare, and fast-food restaurants.
The New York Post further mentioned that the new Taco Bell restaurant will have an elevated kitchen and food delivery system that is just “gravity-defying.” It was said that the design was developed by Border Foods, the company’s owner, in partnership with Vertical Works Inc.
"We believe in big ideas and know that some of our best work comes from moments when we push the boundaries," PD Instore’s chief executive officer, Michael Strommen, said in a statement posted on Taco Bell’s webpage. "We're excited by the opportunity Defy brings to the consumer. The design strategically blends technology and design to deliver the convenience of fast, craveable food without many of the challenges of traditional drive-thrus."
In any case, the new “Taco Bell Defy” will be the restaurant chain’s 230th branch and 82nd building that Border Foods helped build.