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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

“But Taco Bell Was Closed”

posted by on January 9 at 10:45 AM


Posse up!

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Posted by DOUG. | January 9, 2008 10:46 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | January 9, 2008 10:49 AM

Why did this have to happen? I love my 7 layer burrito after a night of drinking. whats going in its place... a condo?

Posted by blah | January 9, 2008 10:52 AM

These are hard times.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 9, 2008 10:53 AM

The dirtiest Taco Bell on the planet has finally closed.

Posted by monkey | January 9, 2008 10:55 AM

thanks god this place closed. can't wait for jack in the box to die. There'll be a lot less trash around. And less garbage on the street.

Posted by matt jones | January 9, 2008 10:59 AM

Is that the world's nastiest fast food outlet or what? No, it's probably the Jack in the Crack at Aurora and 80th, but it's close.

Posted by fnarf | January 9, 2008 11:01 AM

When this place goes multipurpose, y'all can lobby that they put a T-Bell in there instead of another Subway franchise.

Y'all is crazy.

Posted by Shaniqua | January 9, 2008 11:06 AM

I showed up a 10 am New Years day with a hankering for chalupas. To my horror my beloved taco bell was no more. But me and a buddy stole their neon sign, so whatevs.

Posted by Rotten666 | January 9, 2008 11:07 AM

I'm about convinced the hipster attitude is entirely reactionary. When an old bowling alley in Ballard closes, that's a triupmh of banality. When an old Taco Bell in Capitol Hill closes, that's... What? Also a triumph of banality?

I don't know: maybe I'm just mean and I hate everyone. Well, I am mean and I do hate everyone. But aside from that, am I right? Every time something goes down or goes up, the reaction from Cap Hill is negative. Nothing is allowed to change, and nothing new can be good. Everything old (in dog years of course) is good.

Posted by elenchos | January 9, 2008 11:08 AM

Here's to hoping they're just remodeling it and adding a second floor. A DANCE FLOOR!

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 9, 2008 11:13 AM

Ding, ding: "I'm about convinced the hipster attitude is entirely reactionary."

But it looks like most folks in this thread are cheering the demise of Taco Bell. I certainly am. However, that doesn't mean would shouldn't have one last nostalgic fast-food moment with our hometown Mix-a-lot and Kid Sensation.

Posted by Dominic Holden | January 9, 2008 11:14 AM

Finally is right. The first indication that real things were going to happen was two weeks ago when the city started to put in new telephone polls new to the new QFC.

Broadway will be a different place once these two new buildings come online. Good times!

Posted by crk on bellevue ave | January 9, 2008 11:14 AM

What kind of maniac doesn't love Taco Smell? You people are crazy.

Posted by Rotten666 | January 9, 2008 11:17 AM

that t-bell started going downhill when the walk-up window closed--a real loss to the community.

Posted by the walker | January 9, 2008 11:20 AM

They best not touch the Bell in Ballard...

Posted by word | January 9, 2008 11:23 AM

Who needs Taco Bell? Taco Gringos is only a half mile away.

Posted by keshmeshi | January 9, 2008 11:25 AM

Anyone who things Slog readers are "hipsters" is very, very out-of-touch.

Posted by twee | January 9, 2008 11:26 AM

Hipsters never think they are hipsters.

Remember back in the day when Yuppies didn't like being called Yuppies?

Posted by monkey | January 9, 2008 11:32 AM

something is wrong with this city when we drive out such cultural fixtures as a taco bell broadway. where we gonna get our stoned cheap ass burritos now?!

i blame the CONDOMONSTER!!

don't move! it can only see you when you move.

Posted by Cale | January 9, 2008 11:33 AM

I dont trust Taco Bell. There is something I find very odd about how every store does their 7-layer different. In addition, I get the same feeling I do when I land inside a Dairy Queen -- that feeling you get when you are 100% sure the punk kids running it have customized your order with unauthorized natural flavoring agents.

Posted by crk on bellevue ave | January 9, 2008 11:34 AM

It's ok...Dick's is the place where the cool hang out.

Posted by Smegmalicious | January 9, 2008 11:37 AM

good riddance...

now, if they'd only put in a Wendy's Capitol Hill would be perfect.

(I'm not kidding; I love me some Wendy's fries and Frosties)

Posted by michael strangeways | January 9, 2008 11:53 AM

@23 i know! good stuff.

well, i was say for cha cha and kincora's because those were places i went, and they provided a certain atmosphere. taco bell, not so much. but still, it's been there for a long time, and quite a few people frequent it, so i can see why some might miss it.

i'd rather none of the fast food chains go in. but like exercising, just because i think it's good doesn't mean it's going to happen.

Posted by infrequent | January 9, 2008 12:01 PM

I became sad the day Taco Bell discontinued mexi-nuggets.

Posted by stinkbug | January 9, 2008 12:07 PM

Can't say I'm sorry to see a fast food chain outlet go. But if Dick's ever went, I'd take to the streets with fury.
Any wagers on what'll replace Taco Bell? A dog spa? A foofy cocktail and tapas joint?
BTW, nice stroll down memory lane w/ Sir Mix-a-Lot.

Posted by Madashell | January 9, 2008 12:09 PM

Doug#1 took the words right outta my mouth.

Posted by Dougsf | January 9, 2008 12:12 PM

"Every time something goes down or goes up, the reaction from Cap Hill is negative. Nothing is allowed to change, and nothing new can be good. Everything old (in dog years of course) is good."

I couldn't agree with this comment more. I am amazed when people nostalgically lament the demise of such crappy establishments as Taco Bell. It was a freaking blight, and unsanitary to boot. Folks, wake up! Things need to change on Broadway! It's this irrational embracement of places like Taco Bell that has caused the neighborhood to decline so dramatically in recent years. Have some pride in your neighborhood, for christ's sake! And yes, there will be less trash in the area (I can't tell you how many Burrito wrappers I have picked up on my street) with the closing of TB and the equally nasty Jack in the Box. Here's to Progress!

Posted by Courtney | January 9, 2008 12:13 PM

Yet still to this day, when goin' to 23rd and Union, there is nothin' goin' on

Posted by mackro mackro | January 9, 2008 12:27 PM

Who needs Taco Bell when you have Taco Time? Crispy bean burritos, delicious.

Posted by PdxRitchie | January 9, 2008 12:27 PM

Mmm, foofy cocktails and tapas.

Taco Bell scares me. Good riddance.

Posted by Abby | January 9, 2008 12:28 PM

As to what's going in place of the TB, this site will be part of the very large new apartment complex that will also include the site of the old QFC. Apparently there is going to be 13 retail spaces in this new building. And, please dear god, let's hope none of these spaces is filled by a fast-food joint

Posted by Courtney | January 9, 2008 12:29 PM

@ 17 Enough about Taco Gringos already. Their tacos are so tiny they would not fill up a mouse. Great idea, tiny size. Maybe call it Taco Paris instead.

Posted by Touring | January 9, 2008 12:32 PM

@33 Have you been to Mexico? Traditional tacos are barely larger than your palm, or the lid of a coffee cup. Americans want to super-size everything.

That said, I have not been to Taco Gringos.

Posted by grumpypants | January 9, 2008 12:52 PM

Hey, go back the other way, we'll stop and eat at Dick's!

Are there that few Mix-a-Lot fans out there? Why did this become a referendum on Taco Bell? It should be a non-stop Posse's on Broadway quoting party!

Posted by gillsans | January 9, 2008 12:55 PM

I'm horrified that no one has mentioned the Piroshky place on Broadway that will have to move soon to make way for the light rail project.

It is IMPERATIVE that they find a new home. Capitol Hill without those delicious piroshkys, and the Piroshky lady urgently trying to upsell you, ("You like nice cup soup wit that? It is zo delicious!)would be a Capitol Hill not worth living in.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 9, 2008 12:56 PM

I don't think anyone on the hill shed a tear when the Broadway Safeway was razed.

The only thing that kept me shopping at FreddyKroeger's QFC was the fact that that Safeway sucked so much more.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 9, 2008 1:13 PM

I'm the man they love to hate, the JR Ewing of Seattle.

I'll fucking quote Mix ALL DAY LONG, yo. But explaining the Dick's reference to out-of-town friends was always entertaining.

Posted by Jessica | January 9, 2008 1:23 PM

@ 33 I don't know. Maybe people in Mexico have small appetites but those in my group ate their taco with anxious anticipation and everyone thought it this was a total joke. A midget taco for skinny crackheads. If you have to buy more than one you might as well go somewhere else.

Posted by Touring | January 9, 2008 1:29 PM

When the freaks are getting hungry and Mix-a-Lot's treating, you gotta stop at Taco Bell for some Mexican eatin'.

Posted by gillsans | January 9, 2008 1:33 PM

I'll miss the Taco Bell... at least you knew what you were getting, even if it was a bit crappy.

As for the other taco places on the hill... Tacos Gringos I found to be gross as well as Tacos Guaymas.

AS for those of you putting Dick's on a different plane from Taco Bell... are you fucking kidding me? I'd wager you get much healthier meals at Taco Bell. I love Dick's at 1:55AM just like the next guy, but lets be serious about what it is you're putting in your piehole.

Posted by Dave Coffman | January 9, 2008 2:03 PM

I think everyone can agree, if you put Dick's in your piehole at 1:55AM, you're probably not getting a nutritious meal...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 9, 2008 2:59 PM

Clearly Capitol Hill needs a taco truck.

Posted by DOUG. | January 9, 2008 3:24 PM

Everyplace needs a taco truck.

@39, you're wrong. A taco is not a burrito (junk food Chipotle's isn't a burrito either). Tacos are meant to be tiny bites. You're supposed to eat several of them. That way you have different kinds -- al pastor, a little carnitas, maybe a tongue or beef cheeks. Have a shrimp one! Does anyone in Seattle make a shrimp taco worth eating.

I'll be in Mexico in two days, and I won't miss anything about this town, least of all Taco Bell.

Posted by Fnarf | January 9, 2008 4:21 PM

I said "POSSE THE FUCK UP" to my mom once, and now she thinks it's an acceptable thing for her to repeat.

Posted by Katelyn | January 9, 2008 4:24 PM

december 31st was the last day at 5 pm...I would say I bought the last item but three people were behind me...I may have orderd the last burrito suprime...I got them a bottle of tequilla as a present

Posted by linus | January 10, 2008 12:44 AM

I always wondered why the FUCK Mix would have taken the freaks to Taco Bell first, if Dicks is _the_ place the Swass hang out. Was it because he was treatin' and had 27 people to feed (5 fellas and 22 freaks)? I mean, why not just make Larry the White Guy pay? He paid for damn near everything else!

Old school Seattle memory: massive, multi-hundred person scenes at Dicks in the mid-80s. I mean, spilling into the streets, cop cars, fights, gang stand-offs, boom-mobiles, the whole shit.

Posted by Michael | January 10, 2008 8:51 AM

@47: I was thinking that same memory. Troop jackets everywhere, cops blocking off the street, folks wilding the fuck out. Dick's was exciting.

When I lived at the Biltmore, Nasty Nes lived in the building next door. He gave me my first N.W.A. record -- the 12" of "Dope Man." Seems like a million years ago.

That video makes me long for Ernie Steele's, not Taco Bell. I've lived my whole life without ever eating at Taco Bell but, man, I sure like a stiff drink.

Posted by kerri harrop | January 10, 2008 11:23 AM

Wow, another piece of something not-swanky gone. Sorry but Taco Bell and bowling alleys are both meant for the working class and watching CH succumb to developers sucks.

Posted by Heidi | January 10, 2008 8:00 PM

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