Taco Bell opening Route 9 Poughkeepsie location

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. were a short-lived fast food option along Route 9. The location in Poughkeepsie has remained an eyesore since it closed.

However, it is possible that a new business will soon open after three years.

According to a proposal submitted to the town Planning Board, Taco Bell wants to open another location in Dutchess County. 

The proposal calls for cosmetic improvements to the building at 2275 South Road, per the agenda for the Sept. 23 meeting. The proposal was presented by Muy Brands, LLC.

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Taco Bell’s spokesperson declined to comment on the proposal.

Three Taco Bell locations can be found in Dutchess County: one in Fishkill, and two in Poughkeepsie.

Hardee’s opened its first Dutchess County location in 2016, but the restaurant rebranded to Carl’s Jr. in 2017. The two fast food chains are owned by CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Carl’s Jr. permanently closed in 2018.

Sean Napora orders a meal from Christina Lundin at Hardee's in the town of Poughkeepsie in February 2016.

Taco Bell is not the only option for Tex-Mex foods in the Neptune Commerce Center. Bubbakoo’s Burritos was opened at 2265 South Road in March. This is the former location for CIBO.

The fast-casual chain restaurant is similar to Chipotle Mexican Grill, offering customizable burritos, tacos and other dishes.

This would be the first of many businesses to open along Route 9 in Dutchess County next spring, bringing tenants into long-vacant spaces.

McDonald’s is looking to open a restaurant at the former TD Bank in the Hudson Plaza, and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen aims to open its second Dutchess County restaurant at the former Romanelli’s Restaurant in the town of Wappinger.

Jiffy Lube, a chain of auto shops, will also open in Wappinger to replace the long-vacant Sonic Drive In building.

Geoffrey Wilson: [email protected]; 845-437-4882; Twitter: @GeoffWilson_

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