Lincoln could see the arrival of two new Taco Bell restaurants following recent separate planning applications submitted to the City of Lincoln Council.
The plans could see the existing Nepalese and Indian takeaway restaurant, Everest Xpress at 412 High Street, and the recently closed Pizza Hut building on Nettleham Road, converted into new Taco Bell restaurants, with the Nettleham Road site offering a drive-thru service.
Founded in the United States in 1962, the fast food restaurant chain is currently operating in 29 sites across the UK and serves up a “craveable Mexican-Inspired menu” including a range of tasty favourites and speciality foods such as the meatless Seven Layer Burrito, and a ‘cravings menu’ consisting of nachos or fries with nacho cheese sauce or sweet treats such as churros and cinnamon twists.
Plans for the site at 412 Lincoln High Street set out to convert the existing restaurant and residential flat above into the Taco Bell restaurant, utilising the first floor for customer seating and the second floor for storage and staff amenities.
The Design and Access Statement, prepared by Frank Belshaw Building Surveyors Ltd on behalf of Taco Time Ltd, also proposes to convert part of the existing first floor above the KFC unit at 413 High Street into the new Taco Bell restaurant.
Plans for the premises on Nettleham Road, owned by Taylor Lindsey Limited, set out to create up to 55 new jobs, and the new restaurant will be open from 11am-11pm.
Customers will have the choice to eat in, takeaway or utilise their drive-thru service.
Dan Race, Development Director at Taylor Lindsey Ltd, said: “Following Pizza Hut’s vacation in early December, we are pleased to have secured Taco Bell as the new occupier.
“Once planning approval has been obtained we will be refurbishing the building and adding a drive-thru lane.
“We are hoping to start work in early Spring, and Taco Bell should be trading by the Summer.”
The Supporting Planning Statement says: “The Application will deliver significant and demonstrable economic benefits to the city.
“As well as bringing a well-known national operator to Lincoln, the proposals will lead to direct and indirect employment opportunities.
“Such economic benefits are considered to represent a most welcome boost at a time where the economic shocks and associated levels of unemployment, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt and, accordingly, are considered to represent a material consideration which should be afforded significant weight by the decision maker.”