FRANKENMUTH (WJRT) (7/3/2018) - Residents and visitors in Frankenmuth will have a dining option that isn't German or American this year.
A Taco Bell will soon take up residence on Main Street. But some are disappointed the restaurant won't be designed with the city's signature German-inspired architecture.
Last week, the Frankenmuth Planning Commission approved the construction of the Taco Bell restaurant. Assistant City Manager Phillip Kearns expects the business will be popular, especially with young people.
"I know the high school kids have always requested that the city allow a Taco Bell," he said. "But it's not up to us to control. I would say it's not unexpected."
The 2,000-square-foot restaurant will be built on North Main Street near the Tim Hortons. It won't look like most Taco Bell locations in Mid-Michigan, but it won't look German either.
"It's north of the historic district, and here we have saying that no Bavarian is better than bad Bavarian, so they aren't required to follow the Bavarian architecture," Kearns said.
He said Taco Bell is planning some unique architectural elements since Frankenmuth is a quaint city. But the restaurant's design will still be based on standard Taco Bell designs.
Construction is expected to begin by late summer and should be completed by Thanksgiving.