Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Glen W. Bell - Rest in Heaven, Not Hell
This week the chain world lost one of it's great innovators, Glen W. Bell the founder of Taco Bell.
The first Taco Bell was in started in California is 1962. It now has thousands of locations in many different countries around the world.
I am pretty sure it was the first taco chain and the reason we have so many great Mexican chains to chose from today.
Taco Bell will always hold a very special place in my heart. I remember when I was in Teen Travel Camp, we would stop there for lunch or a snack before heading back after a trip. I would get a hard beef taco and cinnamon twists. It was such a delicious, fun treat.
When I went to college at BU and lived in Warren Towers, there was a Taco Bell on the first floor. I had many a meal here, usually two hard shell beef tacos. Then I learned about the wonders of burritos so I would have a beef burrito. For a college student, it was a cheap, quick meal. I loved Taco Bell because they let me alter my tacos and burritos to whatever I wanted and never fussed about it. I know there are a lot of fancy tacos and burritos on the menu like the Gordita and Nacho Crunch Burrito, but I kept it simple, kept it easy, like Greyhound!
Since living in Manhattan, I admit I don't go to Taco Bell as much as I used to. I am intrigued to go again, especially with their new drive thru diet thing going on now. It seems kinda gimmicky, but there are 7 choices, with 4 of the choices, all of them the tacos, all under 200 calories. Not terrible, but you would probably need 2 to be full.
I think in honor of the great Glen Bell I will go try some of these items in his honor.
RIP good man, you were truly an innovator.
Yo Quiero Taco Bell - iconic!