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Rendering of a Taco Bell Defy restaurant coming in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Photo: Taco Bell

Late-night munchies will be a little easier to satisfy for mobile customers at Taco Bell's new touchless drive-thru restaurant coming to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Why it matters: When you're hungry, you want your food NOW.

Flashback: Axios' crack local reporters in Minneapolis-St. Paul already flagged plans for this prototype fast-food joint back in February, pointing out its odd resemblance to a bank branch.

Details: The "Taco Bell Defy" restaurant will open in the summer of 2022.

  • There are four drive-thru lanes, three of which are dedicated to mobile or delivery orders.
  • The fourth lane is a traditional drive-thru, where you place your order at a kiosk and drive ahead for pickup.
  • Mobile order customers scan a QR code they received when they placed their order, then pull forward to receive their food.
  • Food is delivered from the elevated kitchen above via a proprietary lift system similar to the pneumatic tubes used by those bank branches.
  • The entire pickup process is contactless, although two-way audio and video technology lets customers interact directly with Taco Bell employees in real time.

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How D.C.'s Capital Area Food Bank is fighting food insecurity

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

For 42 years, the Capital Area Food Bank has served food-insecure families in the D.C. region — and doing so during the holiday season in a pandemic is no small feat.

  • “There's still so many who are still very vulnerable, who are still suffering the effects of COVID,” Radha Muthiah, president and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, which partners with 450 nonprofit organizations in the D.C. area.

The growing global reach of Mexican food

Mexican food stall, Spitaields Market, Shoreditch, London Photo: Dukas/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Over the last decade, the reach of Mexican food and Mexican restaurants has grown globally thanks to its popularity and social media.

Why it matters: Mexican food, with its diverse cuisine from different regions of the country, has always adapted wherever people from the diaspora land, but the foods' latest evolutions are giving clues about Mexican global migration.

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Texas governor: "All hostages are out alive and safe"

SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Photo: Andy Jacobsohn/AFP via Getty Images

All four hostages have been safely released after a day-long standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said on Saturday night.

The latest: "Around 9 p.m., the HRT — hostage rescue team — breached the synagogue, they rescued the three [remaining] hostages, the suspect is deceased," said police chief Michael Miller of Colleyville, located roughly 15 miles northeast of Fort Worth. The other hostage had been released earlier Saturday.