KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A franchise confirms it will open the region’s first Taco Bell Cantina in Kansas City’s Westport this winter.
California-based Diversified Restaurant Group hopes to open the restaurant, complete with the traditional Taco Bell menu, a full bar and more, by January. A spokesperson for the company didn’t have a specific opening date.
The new Taco Bell Cantina, located at 4111 Broadway, will be the first cantina in either Kansas or Missouri. Diversified Restaurant Group has five other cantina locations, including four in California.
A DRG spokesperson said Kansas City was a natural fit for its next Taco Bell Cantina. The company is already the owner/operator of over 60 traditional Taco Bells in the Kansas City area, and Westport in particular was an appealing neighborhood.
“Many of the residents of the homes/apartments in the area align with our target customer,” said Tom Douglas, DRG’s Sr. Vice President for the KC region. “Beyond that, Westport felt like a natural fit with the other unique restaurant and entertainment venues and walkability.”
Along with Taco Bell favorites, customers will find new additions like the cantina’s signature Twisted Freezes — a Baja Blast Freeze with your choice of alcohol — along with an assortment of beer, wine and sangria.
The new Taco Bell Cantina in Westport will be decked out in Kansas City sports décor. DRG plans to work with local muralists to cover the walls in colorful murals celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.
Douglas said it was important to the company to work with local muralists because DRG wants to strengthen its bond with Kansas City and its bond with the artistic community in Westport.