Its owner, Westlake Village-based Engen Enterprises/Ventures Inc., received unanimous support Wednesday to modernize the exterior of the building in a style similar to other Taco Bell upgrades across the country to fit new corporate branding, city planner Alfredo Castillo said. The interior will also be gutted and upgraded, and a disabled access ramp will be added on the outside.
The new look will bring Taco Bell’s traditional adobe-style exterior into the fast-food franchise’s updated theme of bolder colors and modern lines.
The restaurant will close for three to four weeks when the remodel begins in early fall, Castillo said.
The Atascadero Taco Bell was first built in 1978. Fifteen years later, it was redesigned to have a drive-through window, which will remain in the new plan.
The design committee also required the owner to replace existing lights, add trees along the rear property line and repair the fence, among other fixes. The committee also required to adjust the curb along the drive-through exit to alleviate its tight turn.
Encino-based Adobe Plaza LLC owns the property.