Southdale Circle Taco Bell Plans to Tear Down, Rebuild Restaurant

The new location will be slightly smaller but more "modern," according to a letter sent to Edina's planning commission.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
The Southdale Circle Taco Bell, located across the street from the mall, has plans to tear down the existing building, replacing it with a slightly smaller facility with a "more current brand image."

The 3210 Southdale Circle location has operated as a Taco Bell since 1986. The building previously served as the site of a Zantigo Mexican Restaurant.

In a letter to Edina's planning commission, Border Foods proposes "to modernize the facility, not expand it."

The current 1,870 square foot building would be replaced by a narrower, 1,850 square foot space.

The new building would add a 15-foot buffer of shrubs and trees along the lot's east side and would change the angle of the drive-thru menu board, to minimize the impact on the residential area to the east, according to Border Foods.
TS January 08, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Buffalo Wild Wings is exactly what Southdale needs. That mall has been a dead zone for years. It needs fun restaurants along with high profile retailers in order to revitalize it.If you think opening more restaurants like Ruby Tuesdays and the Cheesecake factory are going to help the mall your mistaken.
Mike B. January 08, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Buffalo Wild Wings is not the sort of restaurant that appeals to upper-middle class consumers. It serves bar food, and not very good bar food at that. A Parasole-operated restaurant, along the lines of a Good Earth, would attract a better clientele than a Buffalo Wild Wings. St. Paul, correctly in my opinion, tried to keep Buffalo Wild Wings out of the Grand Avenue area.
Eric Anondson January 08, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Right, because no one but the upper middle class people WORK in Edina either. And if anyone happened to get by Mike by mistake to employment inside the city then they can just turn right around and spend their money outside the city too.
TS January 09, 2014 at 09:59 AM
For the record Mike,i know plenty of middle through upper class families in Edina and most of them enjoy going to BWW and have been requesting it for quite a while. It has good basic bar food and a fun sports bar atmosphere.Currently Bunnies in St. Louis Park gets a lot of business from the Edina hockey,basketball,football and baseball families because of the sports bar atmosphere.These families and other Edina residents would fill BWW on a weekly basis and bring much needed shoppers and revenue to Southdale mall.Remember ,Southdale is a big space and can accommodate a variety of restaurants from the upscale to the sports bar.
J.P. January 18, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Are Edina's liquor laws still tight? Last I heard, Edina was one of the few places that make Utah's liquor laws look downright liberal! The Edina City Council needs to lighten up in order to attract bars, restaurants.


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