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American fast food giant Taco Bell is set to come to Cardiff .

The Tex-Mex franchise has applied to for a licence to open a site on St Mary Street in the capital.

The largest chain of its kind in the world is hugely popular in the US and this would be the only branch in Wales.

The firm that owns Taco Bell, Yum Brands, also owns Pizza Hut and KFC. But Taco Bell is consistently the best performer in terms of sales. The firm’s revenue for the second quarter of 2019 was $1.31 billion.

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A licensing application has been made on behalf of Taco Bell for the former Wok & Go on one of the busiest streets in the city centre.

Some of the chain’s most popular choices on their menu include the Crunchwrap Supreme, a tortilla stuffed with chicken, beef or beans served in a shell, and the Big Bell box which combines a burrito, taco, nachos and churros all in one box.

They also offer a quesadilla stuffed with three different variety of cheese, a spicy “volcano burrito” and fries smothered in nacho-cheese sauce, beef, sour cream and salsa.

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The chain was founded in 1962 and there are now more than 7,500 restaurants across the world.

In January industry publication Food Service Equipment Journal reported that Taco Bell were targeting 200 UK stores within the next five years.

The application was made in the name of Campana Ltd with the postal address of the premises listed as Taco Bell at 92 St Mary Street.

It asks to sell alcohol for consumption on and off the premises seven days a week from 10am until midnight, and the provision of “late night refreshment on Monday to Sunday from 11am until 3am.

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Cardiff Council received the application on August 15 and the consultation period lasts until September 12.

The chain already has a number of restaurants across the UK, including two in London.

Taco Bell UK have been approached for comment.

By Thomas Deacon

Source: Wales Online

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