STATEN ISLAND, NY – Taco Bell will have its inaugural day at Rosebank on Sunday, July 24. Doors open at 9 a.m. for the borough’s fourth restaurant.
Franchisee Ketan Shah said the location at 429 Tompkins Ave. will employ 25 workers. Each staff member will be able to provide family members with a meal on the day of the inauguration. The store will close early on Sunday — around 6 p.m., later if it’s busier — and reopen with normal daytime hours on Monday, July 25. Normal opening hours from then on will be 11 a.m. to midnight.
This will be Fiesta Management’s second Taco Bell restaurant on Staten Island and its tenth restaurant in the area. The company is also planning an imminent opening on Northfield Avenue at the Roman Plaza. This new shopping complex in Mariners Harbor is home to a freshly opened Popeye’s and Burger King. Other planned neighbors of the North Shore Taco Bell will eventually include a hibachi restaurant and Asian Foods, the latter of which has been delayed indefinitely due to the city’s permitting process.
The brand, under various managements, can also be found at 1281 Forest Ave, Port Richmond; 2259 Richmond Ave., New Springville and 2475 Hylan Blvd., New Dorp.
According to TacoBell.com, Taco Bell was founded by Glen Bell who launched the company as Crunchy Taco. He built Bell’s Drive-In and Taco Tia in the San Bernardino area in 1954. But the very first Taco Bell opened in 1962 in Downey, California. The franchise’s first owner was Kermit Becky, a retired Los Angeles police officer, who established his store in Torrance, California.
Pamela Silvestri is editor-in-chief of Advance Food. She can be reached at [email protected].