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New Chicago Taco Bell will serve alcohol

A sleek new Taco Bell in Chicago that’s set to open this summer will have drinks on deck for the 21-and-over crowd. 

The company said the new store in the Wicker Park area will serve beer, wine, and alcohol-infused frozen drinks, the Associated Press reports.

But it won’t be like eating or sipping a cold one at a typical Taco Bell. The AP reports the new location will have trendy touches to the décor, like an open kitchen, exposed brick and work from local artists. 

Though this store will be the first of its kind in the United States, there are other stores like it in Japan, South Korea and Spain, according to the AP. 

The design and the availability of alcohol are designed to appeal to the younger crowd and renounce its image as a fast-food joint, the AP reports. These changes come after Taco Bell recently announced its menu items would be free of artificial flavors and colors by the end of the year. 

Taco Bell isn’t alone in its ingredient list changes, either. Earlier this year, Chipotle announced it would stop serving food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to a statement from the company

Chipotle also serves beer and margaritas, according to its online menu.

The AP reports that for now, there are no plans to add alcohol to the menu at other Taco Bell locations.

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