Opening deliberate amid authorized drama
The state’s first Taco Bell Cantina will provide Crunchwrap Supremes, spiked Freezes and a club-like environment at its new downtown Indianapolis location sooner than first anticipated.
That’s, until a choose intervenes.
The restaurant, introduced over the summer time, brings Indianapolis into the fold with Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville as proving grounds for the late-night Cantina idea. Nevertheless, a neighboring Taco Bell franchisee has sought to dam its opening by means of a lawsuit, claiming the brand new Taco Bell’s shut proximity violates state legal guidelines governing truthful competitors between franchisors and their franchisees.
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Here is what we all know.
What’s a Taco Bell Cantina?
In keeping with a information launch, the Taco Bell Cantina operates in the identical methods as its typical namesake fast-food spots do, however with extra options:
- Alcohol service. Beer, but in addition piña coladas, margaritas, orange creamsicles and liquor variations of Taco Bell frozen drinks.
- Designated areas for dine-in, pickup and supply.
- Reside music within the evenings, and TVs tuned to sports activities and different occasions.
- Late hours. Will probably be open a whopping 20 hours, from 8 a.m. till 4 a.m.
The place is it?
The bottom flooring, basement and mezzanine of the Lieber Constructing at 24 W. Washington St. close to The Capital Grille. The constructing beforehand housed Sugarfire Smokehouse.
When will the Indianapolis Taco Bell Cantina open?
The Cantina’s authentic announcement didn’t word a gap date, however the native actual property agency that brokered the deal informed IndyStar it hoped to open by February, when the NBA All-Star sport will descend on downtown.
Flynn Restaurant Group, the proprietor of the Indianapolis Taco Bell Cantina location, introduced Tuesday the restaurant would open to the general public starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
However there is a small wrinkle.
A lawsuit seeks to bar the Cantina from opening
Alfarah Restaurant Group, which owns the Taco Bell franchise location within the Circle Centre Mall’s meals courtroom, sued Flynn and Taco Bell in November claiming the Cantina’s opening would violate the Indiana Misleading Franchise Practices Act.
Makes an attempt on Monday to achieve representatives for Flynn and Taco Bell for touch upon the lawsuit didn’t yield a response.
The lawsuit cites part of the Act, which doesn’t enable “the franchisor to compete unfairly with the franchisee inside an inexpensive space,” as its major reasoning in asking a Marion County choose to bar the Cantina from opening. The Cantina and mall Taco Bell areas are about one-tenth of 1 mile aside.
On Monday, Flynn filed a movement with the courtroom asking for an additional month to reply to Alfarah’s allegations.
On Tuesday morning, Flynn introduced to the information media its plans to open the Cantina on Saturday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Decide Heather A. Welch granted Flynn’s request for extra time.
Except new authorized developments come up within the subsequent few days, the Cantina seems poised to open.
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Rory Appleton is the popular culture reporter at IndyStar. Contact him at 317-552-9044 and email@example.com, or observe him on Twitter at @RoryEHAppleton.