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Taco Bell, 1400 Knox Abbott Drive: late 2000s (moved)   12 comments

Posted at 4:29 am in restaurants

Here's another old-style Taco Bell that has moved to a new location (739 Knox Abbott Drive in this case) with drive-through capabilities and the new-style chain architecture. There is still an old-style one on Decker Boulevard (though I believe it already has a drive-through) but the ones on Devine Street and Broad River Road are gone and/or moved.

This is really too many pictures, but I like these buildings, and I like clouds. The last picture is of their new location, which is several blocks towards the river.

UPDATE 24 Sep 2010 -- As noted by commenter Jamie, the building has been re-painted, and there has been some work to convert it to a Wata Wing, but that seems to have stalled:

Written by ted on December 20th, 2009

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12 Responses to 'Taco Bell, 1400 Knox Abbott Drive: late 2000s (moved)'

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  1. For these "old style" buildings "Drive through" is a misnomer. They were developed before drive throughs caught on and although they added a window it's not on the driver's side of the car and the employees have to come out into the weather and serve you from the passenger side. The food prep area is also minuscule. I think the Decker location's days are numbered.

    Mike

    20 Dec 09 at 9:46 am

  2. I'm not a big fan of the new location. The parking lot is extremely small and extremely screwed up. Plus, Ted's right, the old building was just so much cooler. I AM surprised by how much stuff they left inside.

    Sandy's workers have told me sales went way down after TB moved away. I hate to tell them, but it is probably due to the quality and pricing of the food. Hot dogs should be hot. The dogs are kinda hit and miss on the taste front as well.

    That strip mall TB was in wasn't doing all that well before TB left. I think Sandy's and some church is about all that's left.

    jamie

    21 Dec 09 at 9:36 am

  3. This Taco Bell was repainted and signs were put into the windows announcing a new place called Wata Wing. However, that was months ago. looking inside, it looks like the old TB fixtures were in place, but the table tops bear Wata Wing logos and picture. It looks like work o the conversion just stopped on day and never returned.

    Now there is a sign out in front of the strip mall announcing a bank sale. I am assuming this is for the whole mall, excluding the ex-TB, but I'm not sure.

    jamie

    1 Sep 10 at 6:56 am

  4. I noticed one day last week that a locksmith of some sort was working on the main door (not sure what for)

    Andrew

    29 May 12 at 8:48 pm

  5. I noticed work being done on this building this afternoon (wondering if East Pointe Academy (the Chinese language school) will do anything with it).

    Andrew

    15 May 13 at 2:00 pm

  6. There is a fair amount of interior demolition work going on...

    Andrew

    1 Jun 13 at 10:36 am

  7. The rounded to windows are all squared up now too.

    I hope Sandy's Hot Dogs is going in there, but I bet I'm wrong (and I really miss Sandy's).

    tonkatoy

    3 Jun 13 at 6:38 am

  8. The Sandy's at Main and College across the river isn't all that far away.....

    Mike

    3 Jun 13 at 3:04 pm

  9. Yes, but it is in Richland County and I refuse to shop there. Tax on prepared food is 3% higher than across the river.

    I will not finance Colatown/Richco's foolish endeavors.

    tonkatoy

    4 Jun 13 at 6:35 am

  10. Saw the bright green roof installed last week and the walls have been painted bright yellow this week. I'm thinking it's a Cash-for-Title type place.

    Mary Douglass

    25 Jun 13 at 1:26 pm

  11. ^Mary is correct.

    tonkatoy

    3 Jul 13 at 12:14 pm

  12. The signage indicating as such has been installed since Mary Douglass posted her thoughts that it's a Title Loan place..the same Auto Title Loan place is setting up shop in the former Shoney's at 7371 Two Notch Road.

    btw tonkatoy, if you are looking for Sandy's and am not too interested in headed across the River to eat at the one downtown at 825 Main St, you can head to 5175 Sunset Blvd in Lexington or 640 St. Andrews Road (at Ashland Park).

    Andrew

    3 Jul 13 at 1:39 pm

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