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Former Burrito Bros. site to become Florida's first Taco Bell cantina

By Times staff
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The interior of a Taco Bell Cantina in Las Vegas. The Gainesville location will feature a different, but similarly upgraded design.

Some might call this adding insult to injury. Others will likely be pumped about the prospect of drinking beer at a Taco Bell.

The space on Gainesville's University Avenue that for decades housed the beloved, late-night University of Florida munchies hangout Burrito Bros. will soon become Florida's first cantina-style Taco Bell, according to the Gainesville Sun.

The cantina-style Taco Bell concept made a splash when the company announced it in September. The cantina restaurants eschew the typical Taco Bell drive-thru format for an open layout with digital menus, better music and fancier decor, plus beer, sangria and frozen liquor drinks. 

Gainesville's cantina-style Taco Bell is reportedly set to open in January, 2018, though it may not be serving alcohol right away. Burrito Bros. closed in February.


Two University of Florida alumni make one last trek to Burrito Bros.

New cantina-style Taco Bells to ditch drive-thrus, serve alcohol by 2020