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This Iconic Taco Bell Location Is Closing After 54 Years

It was one of the oldest Taco Bell stores in the world.

With more than 7,000 nationwide locations, Taco Bell is one of the most widespread fast-food brands in the country. So when one of the Mexican chain's locations closes, the news isn't necessarily noteworthy. Not so with Taco Bell's recent closure, which will put one of its oldest and most iconic restaurants out of business.

According to, Orange County's oldest Taco Bell restaurant, located in Laguna Beach, shut down last week after 54 years in business. Located at 669 South Coast Highway, it was the chain's third oldest location in the world and one of the last remaining stores featuring the brand's vintage original design with stucco arches and a tiled roof, meant to resemble a Spanish Mission house.

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The outlet reported that the reason behind the restaurant's closure is the expiration of its original lease which was declined for renewal by the landlord. Instead, the building will now house a different Mexican joint—California-based chain restaurant Taco Stand.

The Laguna Beach Taco Bell's owner Steven Smith took to Facebook to thank his loyal customers for their business over the years and expressed some frustration about the city's alleged refusal to acknowledge the value the chain brings to its middle-class residents.

"Hopefully some day when leadership changes in Laguna Beach government the city will embrace national chains that bring value to middle class citizens that live in Laguna Beach along with city workers and tourists that need valued priced meals," Smith wrote. "Taco Bell will be able to return. Not everyone lives in million dollar homes like most if not all the current city council. Unfortunately their housekeepers, gardeners & other workers will need to spend there money in other cities for lunch & dinner."

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Mura Dominko
Mura is ETNT's Deputy News Editor, leading the coverage of America's favorite restaurant chains, grocery stores, and viral food moments. Read more about Mura