One of the last Taco Bell restaurants built with the chain’s original design is set to close on Tuesday, September 7, according to social media posts.
The restaurant, at 669 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, opened in 1967, five years after the chain was founded in Downey by Glen Bell.
It was said to be a meeting place for Timothy Leary, a psychologist who became famous for advocating psychedelic drugs in the 1960s. association with a local hippie group called the Brotherhood of Eternal Love is the subject of a documentary, “Orange Sunshine”.
News of the closure came from a Facebook post by franchise owner Steve Smith.
The restaurant lost its lease, according to the publication.
The original Taco Bell look was created by architect Robert L. McKay to suggest a Spanish California mission with stucco archways and tiled roofs.
These restaurants were designed to serve the public through windows without access and did not have a dining room or drive-thru.
The arcades remain at the Laguna Beach restaurant, but the Taco Bell sign and an ornamental mission bell at the top of the building are gone.
The original Taco Bell, called Numero Uno, still exists, but the building was out of Downey on a flatbed truck in 2015 and is now parked at Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine.