Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This is how Taco Bell fast food restaurants used to look like. Alsip Illinois USA. Febuary 1986.

An original 1st Generation Taco Bell restaurant. Alsip  Illinois  USA. Febuary  1986.

Hi everyone!
Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page from the city of Chicago Illinois.

I have always enjoyed trains all of My life since I was a kid. I have officially been an "Avid" lineside railfan photographer since the early 1980's. Standing out in the fresh air and sunshine taking the photos that eventually became part of Eddie's Railfan Page, worked up quiete an appetite for Me many times.

One relatively inexpensive place I would sometimes eat at, were the many local Taco Bell fast food franchised restaurants found most anywhere around Chicago. Taco Bell has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and with all the many corporate office dictated architectural cahnges...It can sometimes be easy to forgot what the Taco Bell chain of restaurants actually looked like in earlier times.

With small dining rooms, an image of a bell wearing a Surape and a Sombrero hat, Spanish Mission style architecture and an air of simplicity...This is how Taco Bell restaurants originally looked like.

I photographed this one in Febuary of 1986, in south suburban Alsip Illinois. This Taco Bell was located at South Pulaski Road near West 116th Street. Many of the older small and inadequate former Taco Bell restaurants, became private busineses.

Still, there is no mistaking that original Taco Bell architecture.

Eddie K.


Anthony C said...

I remember in the mid-'70s trying a then-new Taco Bell on 79th St. in Burbank after getting out of school at St. Laurence, and thinking "Eww, what is this!" Let's face it, we were pretty much brought up on McDonalds, Burger King and maybe a favorite local place in terms of fast food choices, that's it.

Still, I've stopped at Taco Bell from time to time since then and still think "Eww, what is this!" :-)

Eddie said...

My Wife and I occasionally enjoy eating their hard shell Taco Supremes, the Chicken Quesadillas, the Caramel Apple Empinada Pies and the Cinamon Crispas.

Eddie K.