Glenn Bell, The Founder Of Taco Bell Passes Away

January 19th, 2010 - 7:35 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
bellx-mug-shotJan 19, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Taco Bell founder Mr. Glenn Bell Jr. took his last breath. He was 86. As per reports, “best known as the founder of the Taco Bell chain” died on Sunday in his Rancho Sante Fe home in California. What caused his death is not yet known. Greg Creed the president of Taco Bell says, “Glen Bell was a visionary and innovator in the restaurant industry, as well as a dedicated family man.”

Glenn Bell first launched his restaurant “Bell’s Drive-In” in the year 1948 in San Bernardino. He was fascinated by the success of McDonald’s Bar-B-Que and wanted to try his hand in the same. The car culture of Southern California helped him in his mission of serving hamburgers and hot dogs through drive-in-windows. According to his company, “Bell’s Drive-In first served a menu with hamburgers and hot dogs to its customers. However, Bell soon decided to differentiate his menu by adding Mexican fare. He quickly realized the need to develop a convenient way to serve items such as tacos in a take-out environment. He also began experimenting with a drive-thru concept. Once he perfected his taco shell recipe, taco sauces and the convenient drive-thru concept, he was ready to introduce the tastes and textures of Mexican food to mainstream America.”

His experiment with different cuisines continued. In the next year, in 1962 Taco Bell was founded. San Bernardino lived a full life. He is survived by his wife Martha, two sons, a daughter, three sisters and four grandchildren.

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