Taco Bell has plans to return to Bellingham's Sunset Square

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 24, 2013 

Taco Bell

FILE - This June 6, 2012, file photo shows a Taco Bell restaurant in Richmond, Va.

STEVE HELBER — AP

BELLINGHAM - Taco Bell is making plans to return to Sunset Square after a two-year hiatus.

The company submitted building permit plans to the city on Friday, July 19 to build its own restaurant with a drive-through at the southeast corner of the shopping center, on the corner of East Sunset Drive and Orleans Street. According to the plans, the 2,595 square foot building would have seating for 70 and the drive-through will be on the south side of the building. No plans are in place to build extra entrances; customers would access the restaurant by going through the main entrances into the center on East Sunset Drive or on Orleans Street.

The restaurant had been in a nearby building for 21 years before abruptly closing in June 2011. At the time of the closure, company officials said they intended to build another Taco Bell restaurant in the Sunset Drive area.

The vacated building wasn't empty for long; Starbucks took over and opened a café there three months later.

A phone message left for the Taco Bell corporate office inquiring about a possible opening date was not immediately returned. Taco Bell has one other Bellingham restaurant, near Walmart on Meridian Street.

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