Thursday 19 September 2019

Architect who helped set up Taco Bell restaurant chain dies aged 86

The chef said that he picked up the knife and then put it down as soon as the kitchen porter was told to go away (stock photo)
The chef said that he picked up the knife and then put it down as soon as the kitchen porter was told to go away (stock photo)

Robert L. McKay, who designed the first Taco Bell restaurant and with founder Glenn Bell turned it into a fast-food empire, has died aged 86 .

His son, Rob McKay, said Mr McKay died last week from cancer.

Mr Bell opened his first Taco Bell in Downey, California in 1962, selling hard-shell tacos and other Mexican-inspired fast food.

Mr McKay was an architect and designed the Spanish-style arched and tiled building that became the chain's signature look.

Mr McKay eventually became president of Taco Bell, which had some 900 restaurants when it was sold to PepsiCo in 1978.

He went on to finance other businesses that invested in technology, consumer products, property and banking.

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