Wine and tapas? Taco Bell to serve them in Chicago

NEW YORK (AP) – Yo quiero a glass of wine and tapas?

Taco Bell will open a location that serves wine, beer, sangria and frozen mixed drinks in Chicago next week, marking the first time the chain will serve alcohol in the United States. The new restaurant will also feature trends the chain says it is seeing among millennials: a menu of “tapas-style” appetizers, a mural by a local artist and an open kitchen.

A similar location will open in San Francisco this month. The company is calling restaurants that serve alcohol “Taco Bell Cantina.”

It’s just the latest evidence that traditional fast-food chains are trying to revamp their images. In a push to try and boost evening sales, Starbucks has also been rolling out wine, beer and tapas at select U.S. locations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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