SHANGHAI — Yum China Holdings, Inc., and Taco Bell Corp. have opened the first Taco Bell restaurant in China. The inaugural restaurant is located near Shanghai’s central business district.
Taco Bell’s first restaurant in China is part of the brand’s global growth strategy of reaching 1,000 restaurants internationally by 2022. Currently, Taco Bell operates more than 7,000 restaurants in the world with more than 300 in 26 countries outside the United States.
|Brian Niccol, c.e.o. of Taco Bell Corp.|
“Building restaurants in new international markets is a key component to the overall growth and evolution of Taco Bell, and we’ve just scratched the surface of our global unit expansion potential,” said Brian Niccol, chief executive officer of Taco Bell Corp. “The opening of this Taco Bell restaurant in China is an exciting milestone for the brand as this market holds tremendous growth potential. We look forward to supporting Yum China as it builds Taco Bell’s presence in the country.”
Taco Bell’s new China location features classic Taco Bell offerings adapted to local tastes, Yum China said. The Crunchy Taco Supreme is loaded with Taco Bell’s signature nacho cheese sauce in China, and the Volcano Chicken Burrito features spicy sriracha sauce. The menu also offers new items unique to Taco Bell restaurants in China such as the Shrimp and Avocado Burrito.
Additionally, customers may order shared plates featuring seasoned nacho chips, spicy fried chicken and Mexican fries. The Shanghai location also offers a variety of alcoholic beverages, including beer on draft and specialty cocktails such as margaritas and mojitos.
Technology also plays a key role in Taco Bell’s new Shanghai restaurant, Yum China said. The location boasts free Wi-Fi, digital ordering kiosks, digital menu boards and a range of payment options. The restaurant also emphasizes transparency with its open kitchen where customers may see their food being made.