Taco Bell Opening This Friday in Downtown Hoboken

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A new {but very well-known} taco chain is coming to Hoboken: Taco Bell at 38 Hudson Place, the former location of Cascade Cafe, which closed several months back in the Mile Square, is opening as of December 4, 2020.

While we’re #TeamCharritos and #TeamPico for life, if you’ve trekked to the North Bergen Taco Bell location for a Doritos Locos Tacos, you’re in luck as you will no longer have to be traveling so far — and it will be right next to the PATH train for when commuting life begins again. It’s no secret that regardless of the day of the week, tacos are something that Hoboken and Jersey City locals love. Hardshell, softshell, barbacoa, vegetarian — you name it, you can probably find it around town somewhere. Here’s more about the new Taco Bell coming to downtown Hoboken:

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The Details

Rumors had been swirling about Taco Bell allegedly moving into the former Cascade Cafe location at 38 Hudson Place since early 2020, according to an insider source.

The source back in May told HG that the landlord of the property has signed a lease at the former Cascade Cafe and that floor plans for the new eatery have been submitted for approval.

Signs are up as of the first week of December, and workers have been spotted inside getting everything ready for opening day.

As of December 4th, the new location is open for business — with a grand opening celebration as of Friday at 11AM.

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The Taco Bell Menu

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Popular menu items for Taco Bell include the Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos {keep water handy when snacking on this}, softshell tacos, hardshell tacos, Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos, and a variety of new veggie options, like the spicy potato soft taco, and the black bean Quesarito.

The menu, however, is not strictly filled with tacos, as the name would suggest.

Quesadillas, burritos, nachos, and sweet treats {think cinnamon twists and Cinnabon delights} are also available for order.

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Taco Bell in Hoboken

For years, Hoboken has been known for its local mom and pop shops {a full list of brick-and-mortar businesses here}, but with Taco Bell coming to town, the list of national chains is growing.

It’s safe to say the addition of chain stores in the local community has a history of causing upset. When Sephora came to Washington Street back in 2018, it sparked some debate, and Domino’s return to the Mile Square also added to the discussion — as well as Shake Shack’s alleged plans to open on Washington.

Other chains include Chipotle at 229 Washington Street, Panera Bread at 310 Washington Street, as well as Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, both of which have multiple locations throughout Hoboken and are frequented by locals, despite their brands being nationally recognized.

Beyond food chains, stores like Anthropologie {412 Washington Street}, Lululemon {313 Washington Street}, and Athleta {316 Washington Street} have also been debated as either a welcome addition or a detriment to other small, local businesses.

Of course, Taco Bell will be coming to a competitive taco arena — it will be added to the list of other taco eateries throughout the city {think Baja, Orale, and East LA}, and it will be within close proximity to Pico Taco {70 Hudson Street} + not too far from fan-favorite Charrito’s {518 Washington Street}. Regional chain Surf Taco already closed during the pandemic and doesn’t appear to have plans to reopen at this time in Hoboken.

What are your thoughts on Taco Bell coming to Hoboken?

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.