Many in Middlesboro have been wondering about the state of the local Taco Bell and when the restaurant will be open for business once again.
A popular eatery in Middlesboro, rumors abound as to why the building was torn down and what the future might hold for the establishment, but Taco Bell Area Superviser Mona Milwee says no one need worry — that the demolition and reconstruction of the restaurant is a good thing.
“I have heard so many stories about why the building was torn down,” said Milwee. “Everytime I go to town folks are asking me about it and telling me what they have heard about it. The latest is that a car ran through the building — none of the rumors are true though, nothing happened to the building or was wrong with it.”
Milwee says the building was just out of date and was in need of updating.
“It was time for either a remodel or a rebuild and an upgrade,” said Milwee. “We chose to tear it down and rebuild. We will have a brand new face and are expanding — adding a new patio for outside dining and everything new for our customers.”
All said, the project has been moving along quickly. From the time a structure like this is taken down to the completion of a new building it can be finished in 60 to 90 days. Demolition of the old building began July 13.
Mills says this one was even easier because the basics like the foundation, electricity, and plumbing are all still there, and they are very excited to open again.
Taco Bell will also be hiring more staff for the new restaurant. Milwee says they might require up to double the staff they have had in the past.
The projected opening date for the new Taco Bell is Oct. 6. Mills says they will plan and announce a proper grand opening sometime after.
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