Its nearly midnight and youre driving
home and youre starving. Suddenly, the image of a hot, delicious
Taco Bell Burrito Supreme comes to mind. Or the mouth-watering nacho chips
and melted cheese.
Its quick. Its easy. Its affordable. You head for the
drive-thru.... But wait!
Then you remember: Taco Bell of Madison is closed! They knocked it down
in September so they could build a new one. Cant these guys speed
it up? Dont they know were all dying out here as we think
outside the bun?
Nothing says, I want my chalupa! like that hunger pain in
your side at midnight when youre cruising down Clifty Drive in Madison
and see that
concrete slab that was once Taco Bell.
Why do we always crave the things we cant have?
Fortunately, the wait is nearly over. Clinton Smith, owner of C&M
Restaurants in Jeffersonville, Ind., says the newly built restaurant will
open in mid-November. His company owns the Madison Taco Bell and 16 other
area locations in southern Indiana and north central Kentucky, and employs
450 people. He promises that, when finished, the Madison Taco Bell will
be bigger and better and yes, even faster!
In fact, the new prototype design is only the second of its kind in the
region, after Seymour, which got its newly built restaurant ahead of Madison.
The lines were long when we re-opened the one in Seymour.
Smith says the new building will increase the seating from 60 to 90, expand
the kitchen from two to three food lines, increase the drive-thru from
one to two windows, increase the staff from 40 to 60 part-and full-time
employees, and increase the parking lot on the east side.
Several employees have been working at other area restaurants during the
construction, he said. Arc Construction has built many Taco Bells and
took only 70 days to complete this project. The normal shutdown is 90
days, Smith said.
The Madison location was the second one I opened, so that one is
near and dear to my heart. It has been very successful, so we wanted to
do it right, said Smith, 55. He is a former employee of Pepsico
Co., the corporate parent of Taco Bell and KFC, among others. Seymour
was Smiths first Taco Bell franchise. It opened in December 1988.
Madison was his second; it opened a year later.
Smith says he knows a lot of people in Madison and has seen many of them
showing up at his other restaurants to quench their Taco Bell cravings.
They tell me they drove all the way there just to eat at Taco Bell,
Thats well and good, Mr. Smith, but we want our Taco Bell back in
Madison, and we want it now!
Put another way: Yo quiero Taco Bell!
Don Ward is the editor, publisher and owner of RoundAbout.
Call him at (812) 273-2259 or email him at: Don@RoundAboutMadison.com.