Taco Bell Demolished, Updated Building to Come

The fast food restaurant was torn down Wednesday.

Taco Bell on Jericho Turnpike in Commack is demolished. An updated building will be built in its place. Photo by Amanda Lindner.
Taco Bell on Jericho Turnpike in Commack is demolished. An updated building will be built in its place. Photo by Amanda Lindner.
Taco Bell on Jericho Turnpike in Commack said adiós Wednesday.

The fast food restaurant, located at 2186 Jericho Tpke., was demolished in order to make way for a new, updated building.

A construction manager at the site said that the new building is expected to be up within three or four months.

Taco Bell, which also shared its building with Pizza Hut Express, closed Aug. 8. It is not clear if Pizza Hut will join Taco Bell at its new building.

The new Taco Bell will be slightly larger with an additional 100-square-feet, as well as an updated drive-thru that will be easier to navigate, Peter Hans of the Smithtown Planning Department, said. 

While the Commack location is currently non-existent, a new Taco Bell may be coming just down the road in East Northport.

The Town of Huntington's Zoning Board of Appeals is currently reviewing a proposal to build a Taco Bell drive-thru on a one-acre lot at 3048 Jericho Tpke., East Northport.

For now, those craving quesadillas or the brand's new Doritos Locos tacos will have to travel to Smithtown, Central Islip or Deer Park to get their hands on them.
knee jerk September 06, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Did they mention they found 14 mountain bikes in the basement?
pbug56 September 07, 2013 at 12:35 AM
The drive through was pretty bad, true. I do hope the Pizza Hut comes back; without it we'll probably never go back to Taco H-ll!
JERC September 09, 2013 at 04:14 PM
the place was a dump
knee jerk September 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM
@Jerc: Those 14 mountain bike owners/riders living in the basement (in one room) were comfortable enough.
P. J. Miller September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM
There is no basement at this location..
knee jerk September 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Do you mean there is no basement or have these people cleverly disguised it?
P. J. Miller September 11, 2013 at 03:15 PM
No basement. I stopped the other day and spoke to the construction manager to ask when the new building would be up. He said that it will be a bigger building set off to one side and a bigger drive through window. I asked if there was a basement and he said IF there was a basement,which there is not, the heavy equipment would not have been able to do what it did and demolish the building it would have fallen in. He's right. He said sorry no basement. So all of you who think there was a basement with mountain bikes and people living there all false. If you want to check out the story they are there everyday working on the site just stop in and ask the workers.
pbug56 September 12, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Now that the place has been torn down, they finally got English speaking workers?
Sue Hermer September 12, 2013 at 07:39 AM
I can't believe some of the bigoted comments on this post. Really?
pbug56 September 12, 2013 at 07:44 AM
I'm no bigot, but I hated going there because no one behind the counter when I was there could speak or understand English. I could give a hoot where someone is from, what race, etc. But if they are behind a fast food counter in the US I really have a need for them to speak English reasonably well.
knee jerk September 12, 2013 at 09:51 AM
I agree with pbug56, I'm no bigot either (or if I am it's not intentional, perhaps unknowingly). I went over to White Castle the other night, late, with the "crave" (need for pure grease). I wound up screaming into that mic on that winding (why?)approach lane. Everytime I go there (which is not often) I leave all po'ed because of the language barrier, as if it's my fault that I don't speak Spanish.BAD business. You'd think they'd hire at least one decent English speaking person for that drive-thru.
P. J. Miller September 14, 2013 at 03:29 PM
The English speaking kids don't have to work..... haven't you noticed that there are no teenagers working in stores?? Parents give them allowances today. All fast food places hire - and the majority of their workforce is those that speak very little English.


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