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Brookline getting a Taco Bell of its very own

The Daily Free Press reports the chain is opening an outlet at 872 Commonwealth Ave. OK, that's really BUville, but it's on the Brookline side of the line near Amory Street, so Brookline will soon have 50% of the number of Taco Bells that Boston has, which is two (one downtown and one in West Roxbury).

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lol

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When people in Boston get excited about a national fast food franchise coming to town. Support local restaurants. The food is way better and it helps the community.

There are lots of indy restaurants around that spot. Most are pretty good.

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The real estate costs and rent costs for a restaurant that does not have the backing of a franchise to even enter the market anymore. The boat sailed a long time ago on the mom and pop taco shop.

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Just along Beacon Street, we have Anna’s Taqueria (2 locations), Amigos, and Amelia’s in Cleveland Circle. All offer great food and none of them are fast food chains.

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including Habaneros, El Carrizal (technically Guatemalan / Salvadoran with some Mex dishes), another Amelia's, and Lone Star, as well as two Korean/Mex fusion joints, OliToki and Coreanos.

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For example, look at how popular Americanized Chinese food is. There are plenty of amazing taquerias in Boston... but sometimes you want hard shell tacos of dubious authenticity. And none of the real Mexican places in Boston seem to sell them.

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To each his own.

Boston is pretty cool in that national chains don't much much of a presence with one notable exception. In the suburbs and many other cities it's the same 10 chains repeated endlessly and a challenge to find anything that isn't a franchise.

So I haven't craved any fast food since I moved to Boston 20+ years ago. Although I do get a craving for an Anna's burrito every so often.

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indeed. Also, try not to eat shitty food.

I have to eat national-chain fast food (usually a burger and fries) only occasionally, generally out of desperation during business travel. It always tastes good in the moment, then reliably afflicts me with nausea and regret 20-30 minutes later.

But Taco Bell doesn't even taste good to me in the moment: that stuff is nasty, and once it gets lukewarm, it's fully inedible.

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Agreed

Y'all need to stop eating what I believe to be bad food and instead you must eat what I believe is good food.

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Is truly perplexing.

Comparatively, it's some of the healthier fast food out there right now and best of all, it's cheap. Like SUPER CHEAP!

I really have no idea why they haven't flourished here.

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I'd rather have Del Taco.. i wish they'd come east. The freshness compared to taco bell is night and day.

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kept me alive out in L.A.

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I mean, they did keep Taco Bell out of their part of town.

Sure, there were multiple unsolved murders in that neighborhood in the past three months but at least there are no chalupas.

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There will be some busy realtors in Brookline.

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*slowclap*

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A number of years ago when they had a branch in the Warren Towers dorms on the Eastern end fo the long campus. Students called it "Taco Hell" and some other less complimentary references to food borne illnesses.

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Following the 2007 World Series, when Jacoby Ellsbury won a free taco for everyone in America by stealing a base, he signed autographs on Free Taco Day at the Warren Towers store. (It was in business there for quite a long time, going back to at least 1987, but unfortunately the space is now a Starbucks.)

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and put up a Pumpkin Latte.

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Another sign of getting older, when things you personally witnessed is no longer remember with precision nor with context.

It was in Warren Tower, it closed in 2008, it was popular, and some of us even protested (half-serious, we know we can only be so mad when it's a corporate fast food chain).

Now my fuzzy memory also recall this but it does sounds more hearsay so I'll leave it out from the above. The shut down was partially caused by a survey gone wrong. We got a survey every year about our dining services and the results was we liked and want more Starbucks, we like "fresh food", we like "authenticity", and we rated Taco Bell low.

So they kicked out Taco Bell, got a Subways for freshness (remember this 2008), Olecito for authenticity, and a Starbucks.

What they misunderstood and reflects an ironic weakness of surveys. The survey wasn't wrong, but we don't eat at Taco Bell for "authenticity", "freshness" or quality. By the nature of being unhealthy fast food, we won't rate it a 10, but it doesn't mean we don't like it. But alas, here we are now.

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after midnight. Can't have that in Brookline or Boston.

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Isn't that 1/3 of the Taco Bells since there is one in the Cambridge Side.

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Cambridgeside is in Cambridge, not Boston.

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No way! How would anyone know this?

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Isn't there one in the student center at Northeastern?

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means it serves alcohol, has slightly fancier decor, and features ordering kiosks instead of counter ordering.

Ooooooh! (Still not going.)

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Next thing you know Fast-Food will be completely automated with no human presence at all. Well except maybe someone watching cameras for minimum wage at a remote location.
Yo no quiero Taco Bell.

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sign it is flailing, desperate to cut costs. Good luck getting that cocktail just the way you like it.

Automation will continue to decimate the workforce, as it has for decades. AI and robotic process automation are only going to accelerate the trend. Self-driving cars and trucks and delivery drones have a ways to go, but they’re likely to eventually work, too.

It really isn’t the immigrants that are coming for yer jawbs, folks, no matter what the Hate Pumpkin tweets at you. It’s worth noting that Trump has never addressed this issue, is likely completely unaware of it. And it’s his working-class base that stands to suffer the worst consequences of it. Sad!

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