Taco Bell Founder Passed Away

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On Sunday, the Taco Bell announced the death of its founder, Glen W. Bell Jr., on website. Mr. Bell died at the age of 86 at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California.


Family and life before becoming well-known

Glen W. Bell Jr. was born in Lynwood, Calif., on Sept. 3, 1923. He is one of six children of Glen and Ruth Johnson Bell. When he was 12, his family moved to a small farm outside of San Bernardino.


In 1943, Bell served in the Marine Corps and his unit participated in Battles at Guadalcanal and Guam as well as post-war service in China before heading home to California.


Bell's restaurant business and formation of Taco Bell

In 1948, he opened Bell's Drive-In stands in San Bernardino, California after he and his high school classmate Nel Baker had studied the success of the McDonald's brothers and their namesake burger establishments. These restaurants had drive-ins, streamlined menus and quick service, which met a growing need of customers to eat on the go.


Aiming to meet the taste and need of customers, Bell decided to add Mexican foods into his menu. He soon realized that in a take-out environment, serving foods as tacos are very convenient for customer. As a consequence, in 1954, Bell and his fellow partner built three drive-thru taco stands in Southern California called Taco Tias. This is his first restaurant which sold only Mexican food. However, as his partner then did not want to expand the Taco Tias, Bell sold his interest in the taco stands. In 1958, Bell and a new group of business partners opened El Tacos.


Taco Bell became a reality in 1962 when Glen Bell opened his first restaurant in Downey, California. He followed with eight small Taco Bells. From there, he expanded his restaurant chain and in 1965, he sold the first of his franchises in Torrance, California.


In 1978, Bell sold his 868 restaurants to PepsiCo. Today Taco Bell serves more than 36.8 million consumers each week in more than 5,600 restaurants in the U.S. More than 2 billion tacos and 1 billion burritos are served throughout the United States each year.


Taco Bell is now owned by Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM), the world's largest restaurant company.


Taco Bell restaurants now are opened in Australia, Cyprus, China, Costa Rica, Iceland, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Dominican Republic.


Marital life

In 1947, Glen Bell got married with Dorothy Taylor but they split up in 1953. His next wife was Martha.


Passing away at the age of 86, Bell left alone his 54 years Martha, three sisters, Delores, Dorothy and Maureen; a daughter, Kathleen; two sons, Gary and Rex; and four grandchildren.


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Jimmy Lowe has 1 articles online

I am a Mexican. I often have Tacos as I am a businessman and I do not have time for preparing meals. I am really saddenned by the death of Taco Bell founder. My prayers are with Bell's family.

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This article was published on 2010/01/19