Judge rules in favor of granting liquor license to Madison Taco Bell

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A Dane County judge has ruled in favor of granting a liquor license to the Taco Bell Cantina on State Street Friday.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin had previously vetoed the license for the Taco Bell in December 2017, saying that allowing liquor at the downtown chain may cause alcohol-related violence. The Madison Common Council had approved the license earlier that year.

The owner of the Taco Bell, Flynn Restaurant Group, sued the city in April 2018 over the mayor’s veto. The company opened the restaurant will the intent of eventually serving alcohol. Flynn owns and operates over a thousand restaurants across the U.S., including Taco Bells and Applebees.

“We pride ourselves on responsible service and the fact that we have never had a license revoked or suspended,” Flynn said in a press release. “We look forward to continuing to serve the residents and visitors of Madison, WI, with the option of beer and wine.”

Soglin defended his decision last year by saying that “violence at downtown locations associated with liquor is only growing -- growing in terms of frequency, in terms of location and in terms of severity."