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Photo: Border Foods via City of Brooklyn Park

A new prototype Taco Bell store could be coming to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and it looks an awful lot like a bank branch.

Details: Calling it a store might be a stretch. Located near Highway 610 and Zane Avenue, the building would have no dining room, but four traffic lanes — one for traditional drive-thru and three for pick-up orders, according to Brooklyn Park Planning Commission documents.

  • The kitchen would be on the second level, and it looks like orders would be lowered down to cars.

Driving the design: COVID-19 has shifted consumer habits and more people are opting to stay in their car for pick-up.

  • Taco Bell franchisee Border Foods, which is behind the proposal, could not be reached for comment. Neither could Taco Bell.

This story first appeared in the Axios Twin Cities newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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