Taco Bell test kitchen OpenTable reservations

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You can now make a reservation at Taco Bell

This is like heaven. If heaven is, in fact, a Taco Bell restaurant.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 28, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 4:11 pm CDT

If you need an early taste of whatever bizarre experiments Taco Bell is considering rolling out to the general public—or if you’re pumped about experiencing whatever gastrointestinal issues that might come with it on your own timetable—now you’re in luck.

That’s because the fast-food restaurant, beginning on Cinco de Mayo, is teaming up with OpenTable to offer reservations to Taco Bell’s test kitchen in Irvine, California, for dinner on May 19.

But be forewarned, there are only 32 spots open for those who want in on this special Mexican food meal.

“The chance to be the first to see our innovative food, where it’s created, from the chefs who make it happen, is a unique experience that’s never been available to the public until now,” Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s chief food officer, said via Nation’s Restaurant News. “As a brand known for our firsts, we’re excited to open our doors to the magic of our innovation and give our biggest fans an experience they’ll never forget.”


If you are a fan of Taco Bell, this actually seems like a neat event.

As OpenTable writes, “The 32 fans who score one of these reservations through OpenTable will enjoy a meal inspired and plated by Taco Bell’s top creators and chefs. The unique dining experience will feature twists on Taco Bell favorites, never-before-seen products, and menu creations before they are available to the general public.”

Plus, the lucky diners will eat their meals for free (unless you count the lost hours of production sitting on the toilet afterward).

So, if you’re the kind of person who takes senior high school photos with Taco Bell or you awake from a 48-day coma demanding cheap Mexican fast food, this could be the trip of a lifetime. Just make sure you bring your hunger—and plenty of Pepto Bismol.

H/T the Comeback

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*First Published: Apr 28, 2017, 10:08 am CDT