Taco Bell Cantina on Dickson Street closed for business

Workers remove signage from the building formerly home to Taco Bell Cantina / Staff photo

Another Dickson Street business has closed its doors.

Workers were spotted removing the exterior signage from the building that had been home to Taco Bell Cantina, located at 412 W. Dickson St. on Wednesday morning. Sources told us last week that employees of the restaurant were informed the restaurant would be closing for good just before the holidays.

The company confirmed the closure in a statement released this week.

We want to thank our fans for supporting the Taco Bell Cantina in Fayetteville ever since it opened last year. We can confirm that the owner has decided to close this location, but fans can continue to enjoy their Taco Bell favorites at the four remaining locations in Fayetteville.

The restaurant opened in 2017 in about half of the space formerly home to longtime local coffee shop, Common Grounds. Columbia-Missouri-based restaurant Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe occupies the other half of the space. An NWA Democrat Gazette report from 2017 indicated that K-Mac spent about $500,000 renovating the space prior to opening.

The Dickson Street location was somewhat of a test of the Cantina concept for Taco Bell. The restaurant focused on a menu similar to more traditional Taco Bell restaurants, with the addition of alcoholic drinks like frozen margaritas, and are typically located in urban and downtown areas. The were open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and for late-night diners.

The restaurant is the latest in a string of closings on Dickson Street in recent months. Blackboard Grocery, Hog Haus, and Waffle House have also closed locations on the street since October, and local boutique Something Urban announced plans to close in January after nearly 20 years in business on the street.