In terms of fast-food monuments, the original Taco Bell location at 7126 Firestone Blvd. in Downey, CA is one of the most important buildings still standing. It birthed a Tex-Mex empire that’s played host to everything and everyone, from customers craving a late-night bite, to people caught up in prostitution rings.
Now, after being threatened with demolition, it’ll continue to stand for the foreseeable future—only it’ll be in a different place. The O.C. Register reports that company and the Long Beach, CA-based preservation group We Are The Next will help transport the building—known as “Numero Uno”—to Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, CA after a mini-tour brings it to cities throughout Orange County:
The bedazzled structure will be visible as it is trucked through parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties, the company said: “We’re lighting this thing like the Fourth of July.”
Taco Bell first heard about the potential razing in March. The property owner felt that the piece of land it sat on was more valuable without the building on it. The O.G. location hasn’t hosted an actual Taco Bell restaurant since 1986, and the Register notes that no business has called the building home since 2014.
[via O.C. Register, h/t Grub Street]