Get ready to live más Japan because Taco Bell is officially headed your way. In February, news broke that the pseudo-Mexican chain had signed a franchise agreement with a Japanese restaurant operator to open "an unknown number of Taco Bell outlets." Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that the first location is set to open in Tokyo on April 21. This will be Japan's sole Taco Bell location outside of U.S. military bases in the country. Taco Bell tried to open in Japan in the 1980s but decided to pull out shortly afterwards.
What is "taco rice"?
The Tokyo location will offer a menu of the chain's classic dishes like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, but there will also be specific "Japan-only meals." These include dishes like a shrimp-and-avocado burrito, and something called "taco rice." According to a Taco Bell spokesperson, taco rice is a "plate of taco meat and vegetables served on top of rice." While prices have not been set yet, a combo meal featuring a drink and a side will most likely cost around 800 Yen or $6.70 USD. There is no word yet on whether or not the chain's gamut of stunt foods like the Sriracha Quesarito, biscuit taco, or Cap'n Crunch Delights will make an appearance on the menu.
The Japan location is just the latest step in Taco Bell's grand plans to put a Chalupa in every corner of the planet. The chain announced in December that it plans to open 1,300 international locations by the end of 2023. To hit that goal, the chain will have to open a new restaurant every two to three days for the next nine years.