Taco Bell Cantina in Madison to be first to sell alcohol in the state

Taco Bell restaurant sign, Photo Date: January 23, 2013 / Source: Chris Potter / CC BY 2.0 via MGN
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The first Taco Bell in Wisconsin to sell alcohol will be right here in Madison.

The Taco Bell Cantina will begin serving beer and wine starting June 7, the owner of the restaurant announced Wednesday.

This comes after a bitter, years-long fight between owner Flynn Restaurant Group and the City of Madison over issuing a liquor license for the Taco Bell on State Street.

In December 2018 the City Council approved a beer and wine license for the restaurant - until former mayor Paul Soglin shot it down.

Other attempts to get the license approved also failed, until the two sides reached a settlement back in April after current mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway assumed office.

The Cantina will kick off an official ‘first pour’ from 1 to 11 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from the owner.

But there are some conditions: Taco Bell Cantina will only serve alcohol Mondays – Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

While it’s the first of its kind in Wisconsin, it’s not in the country. Taco Bell Cantinas have also opened in Chicago, Austin, New York, Atlanta and San Francisco.

Cantinas are different from regular Taco Bells because they sell alcohol and they usually don’t have drive-through service.