We could be getting a Taco Bell that sells beer
A twist on a fast-food restaurant could also be coming to Manlius.
A developer needs to show the previous Manlius village firehouse on Stickley Drive right into a Taco Bell Cantina, full with an expanded menu, beer and frozen alcoholic drinks, and leisure.
The 2-story, 10,000-square-foot hearth station on Stickley Drive was inbuilt 1968 and closed in 2017 when a brand new, extra fashionable station was constructed.
The proposal for a Taco Bell Cantina got here after Onondaga County planners and Manlius village officers frowned on the thought of tearing down the prevailing hearth station and constructing a brand new Taco Bell. That proposal referred to as for a standard Taco Bell with a drive-thru.
Planners prompt reusing the previous Stickley Fireplace Station, and the developer went again to the drafting board, stated Mike McCracken, director of improvement for Hospitality Restaurant Group.
“We got here up with this bigger Taco Bell Cantina concept that has a bigger sit-down space however nonetheless has a drive-thru,” he stated. “This could be a mix of the 2.”
Taco Bell opened its first Cantina in 2015, and now has greater than 60 of those eating places throughout the U.S. One location in Las Vegas has a marriage chapel, DJ sales space and Twisted Freezes that may be made with alcohol.
The cantinas provide a mixture of experiences: Sit-down restaurant house with dwell leisure whereas nonetheless providing a drive-thru for quick meals. The menu is expanded with extra salads and wholesome choices.
The cantinas, nevertheless, rely extra on dine-in enterprise than conventional Taco Bells. Typical Taco Bells generate 80% of income from the drive-thru. With the cantina, drive-thru income could be lower than half the gross sales, McCracken stated.
“The drive-thru element continues to be essential to make this viable,” McCracken stated. “There simply isn’t sufficient enterprise within the sit-down market to maintain a constructing of that dimension and the variety of staff. We nonetheless want that lunch and dinner drive-thru enterprise.”
HRG wants a zone change to business for the mission. The village board has despatched the request to the county and the planning board for his or her enter.
Mayor Paul Whorrall stated at a latest village board assembly he felt holding the hearth station was an ideal thought, in accordance with board minutes. He stated it’s just like a Utica Pizza proposal for the positioning that was authorised by the board in 2021. That mission by no means materialized.
The downstairs could be divided in half, with the sit-down Cantina on the left and the precise facet for leisure resembling music, a comic or open mic evening. There could be about 40 seats on the left facet, and one other 20 to 25 on the precise facet. Extra may very well be added if wanted, he stated.
The fireplace station’s storage doorways would get replaced and opened within the hotter climate so individuals may dine outdoors in the event that they wished, McCracken stated.
The drive-thru could be behind the constructing and alongside the facet.
There was discuss changing the second flooring of the hearth station, which has a big convention room and firemen’s quarters, right into a youth heart. It must be run by an outdoor company.
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