LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The world’s first Taco Bell may not have to “run for the border” to be spared demolition.
Company officials say they’ll relocate its flagship 400-square-foot taco stand from its original location in Downey to Taco Bell corporate headquarters in Irvine, according to the Orange County Register.READ MORE: LA City Council To Vote Tuesday On Ghost Gun Ban
The stand at 7112 Firestone Boulevard was hand constructed and first opened in 1962 by founder Glen Bell. It soon became a fast-food landmark as the Taco Bell brand exploded across the Southland.READ MORE: New Princess Diana Exhibit To Open In Santa Monica
The space was taken over later by an independent fast-food restaurant, Seafood & Taco’s Raul, which closed last year. It had previously been under an “imminent threat of demolition” due to lack of use.
But thanks to a social media campaign using #savetacobell, the company is set to spare the old-school walk-up-style stand with a 45-mile overnight relocation effort on Thursday that will reportedly span through several Southland cities, including Norwalk, Anaheim, Orange, and Tustin.MORE NEWS: LA Special Counselor To Plead Guilty To $2.2M LADWP Kickback Scheme, Bribing LADWP Officials
Fans can follow the roughly four-to-five-hour trip – which the company is calling the “Numero Uno Relocation” – via a live webcam.