Westfall Taco Bell finally opens


Taco Bell General Manager Jim Schmidt watches as Kaitlynn Kirkland and Jean Brady cook and Samantha Gulla prepares supplies.


Has Pike County gone taco crazy? The restaurant officially opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Workers say a man was waiting for them to unlock the door because he wanted to be able to say he was the first to eat there. They didn’t catch his name, but they remember he ordered a black bean burrito.

Another example of how eagerly some have waiting for the opening happened about three weeks before opening,

Security cameras with at least four views of the restaurant send live video of the place directly to Taco Bell Co-owner Bhavesh CQ Patel’s smartphone.

Patel says he glanced at his phone in the middle of the night and noticed a car had driven through the yellow tape that closed the parking lot. The car went to the drive through and waited for about 20 minutes before giving up all hope for a late night crunch. 

Throughout construction, when the restaurant was clearly closed, wannabe customers often stopped to ask if the restaurant was serving yet, Patel said.

Taco Bell employs between 35 and 40 people. The restaurant will be open in the dining area until 10 p.m., and the drive-thru will be open until 1 a.m.

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