First Taco Bell Restaurant ‘Numero Uno’ Saved From Demolition, Moved To New Address

The first Taco Bell restaurant, referred to as “Numero Uno,” has been rescued by the fast food chain from being demolished.

According to the Portland Press Herald, the original Taco Bell restaurant was opened in 1962 by founder Glen Bell, and featured a walk-up taco stand with live music and fire pits. The first Taco Bell, located at 7112 Firestone Boulevard in Downey, California, closed in 1986, and the building was then occupied by another restaurant.

In January, Taco Bell heard of Downey’s plans to demolish the building after it became vacant last year because a drive-thru could not be installed to bring it to corporate standards. To save “Numero Uno” from becoming a pile of rubble, the taco chain decided to move the building. That’s right — the 53-year-old structure, which measures approximately 400 square feet, will be taking a road trip to a new location. The building will be relocated to Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, California, a 45-mile road trip, where it will be placed in storage until the company can decide what to do with it.

“This is arguably the most important restaurant in our company’s history,” Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol said in a statement.

The move will take place on Thursday, November 19, and will kick off at 10:30 p.m., according to Fox News. Taco Bell started off their campaign to save the structure by taking to social media. Using the hashtag #SaveTacoBell, the company reached out to their supporters, asking them to help save “Numero Uno.” The company also worked closely with We Are the Next, which is an organization that strives to “create a sense of place and promote civic engagement by embedding historic cultural resources in our everyday lives.”