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Burbank Taco Bell Closes Its Doors


Taco Bell, which stands on Olive Avenue in Burbank, has decided to close its doors. This was one of four Taco Bell restaurants in Burbank.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Many Burbank residents were attracted to this Taco Bell for its location. The restaurant sits in a mostly residential neighborhood across from Warner Bros., and out of the hustle and bustle of Burbank. Residents fondly remember the black and white acting headshots that once adorned its walls.

According to Joy Forbes, the Director of Community Development for Burbank, before the closure, the owners were seeking to renovate the restaurant, in addition to adding a drive-thru.

The renovation would have been an act of modernization that might have made it more competitive with the two other Burbank locations.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Taco Bell is owned by Yum Brands, a company that also owns KFC and Pizza Hut, according to the corporate website.

Forbes said that her staff had preliminary discussions with the owners and told them the process that a business would have to go through to renovate and add the drive-thu.

These procedures typically include hearings and public notices, and could be a difficult process, according to Forbes.

Location was the challenge for this particular Taco Bell. Because the restaurant is immediately adjacent to multi-family residential homes, adding a drive-thru could be a complicated process and would have to be discussed with the homeowners in the area.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Forbes also said that while Community Development discussed all the steps with the owners of the restaurant, they only had conceptual ideas to provide, and further discussions never took place.

“They never submitted any plans,” said Forbes.

Forbes did mention, however, that renovations to the restaurant, excluding a drive-thru, would have been fairly easy to accomplish.

She said that working with the San Fernando location was a very pleasant process, as they already had a drive-thru, and simple renovations do not require public notices and hearings.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This location is still properly equipped for a restaurant, so it’s possible new owners may take over soon.

Calls to the previous owner have gone unanswered. Check back here for more details as more information unfolds.

Special Olympics Holds Torch Relay Through Burbank

Burbank Police Officers run the Special Olympic's Torch past NBC Wednesday afternood. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police Department participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run Wednesday  afternoon as Burbankers came out and cheered on members of the Burbank Police Department as they passed through the city.

Burbank police officers on the running team accepted the torch from the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division team in Toluca Lake at Riverside Dr.and Clybourn Ave around 12:50 in the afternoon.

The torch was carried through the heart of Burbank (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Special Olympic athletes, with the assistance of the officers, carried the torch up Olive Ave. with a quick stop at NBC before proceeding up to San Fernando Blvd.  After making the left, they then proceeded up to the front of the Burbank Police Station.

There was a brief presentation ceremony on the steps of the station, before the runners continued with the torch on Glenoaks Blvd. to the city limits which ended at Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizza at Alameda and Glenoaks.  The torch was then passed to the team from the Glendale Police Department.

In addition to the Torch Run, the Burbank Police Department is also be taking part in the “Tip-A-Cop” event on June 12, at the Black Angus Restaurant, 235 S. First St.  Between 5 and 9 p.m., department personnel will be serving as waiters and entertainment to raise

Special Olympians Matthew Raymundi, Marisa Watkins, Fred Orr join Burbank Police Detective Martha Jimenez with the Special Olympic Torch. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

funds for the Special Olympics.  All of the funds raised will go to local athletes.  It helps pay for transportation, training, and equipping athletes of all ages who participate in the program for the developmentally disabled.

For additonal information about the Tri Valley Special Olympics program, contact Laura Mayo, Regional Directo, at 818-342-0017 or 661-253-2121, or visit their website at www.sosc.org.


NEW VIDEO: Burbank On Parade

Burbank On Parade was held on April 14, 2012 down Olive Ave from Keystone to Lomita. The annual parade features local civic leaders and groups who come out every year. Deborah Dodge is once again on mike to bring you some interviews of people on the route and Elizabeth M. Johnson brings you all the action from her camera. Once again, the editing of Cipriano Taylor is outstanding on this BurbankNBeyond production.


If you would like to see our photo gallery by Ross A. Benson, here is a direct link http://burbanknbeyond.com/?p=9512

Burbank On Parade Looking for Entries and Sponsorships

Burbank on Parade is now accepting entries for the city’s premiere annual event. Entries should incorporate anything and everything “Aviation”, from a tribute to the special men and women that have made “Aviation” what it is today to the hobby and passion of current day pilots. Think Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, helicopters, gliders, kites or bring on your best Maverick and Goose!

The parade committee is also proud to announce Bob Hope Airport as this year’s presenting sponsor. This association with the airport and their affiliates promises to make this as spectacular as last years’ “100th Birthday Bash”!

Sponsorships for “The World of Aviation and its Heroes” are still available. From the $250.00 “Shooting Star” opportunity to the $2500.00 F-16 sponsorship provides recognition for your company throughout the community and some very special parade day perks! Current sponsors include Jet Blue, Super Shuttle, Warner Bros and of course Bob Hope Airport.

Entries forms, Sponsorship information and Volunteer applications can be found at www.burbankonparade.com. Burbank on Parade is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run entirely by volunteers. Burbank on Parade’s annual event would not be possible without the support of the City of Burbank, businesses in Burbank and Burbank residents. For more information, contact the BOP Hotline at (818) 736-7972.

Burbank On Parade Brings Together Children Of All Ages

Burbank's most famous alumni, and one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Ron Howard, took time out of his busy schedule to make an appearance. The Burroughs graduate is as down to earth and friendly today as he was growing up in Burbank. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

It was a celebration of the young and old on Saturday as Burbank on Parade’s Centennial Celebration made it’s way down Olive Ave. on a picture perfect morning.  From the 100 year-old grand marshals to the young children seeing their first parade from the comfort of their strollers, there was something for everyone and every generation.  BurbankNBeyond was out in force and will have our pre-parade and parade videos done soon, as well as posting more of photographers Ross A. Benson’s incredible photos.

Burbank's Fire Chief, Ray Krakowski, reached deep into Burbank past as he drove this Moorland Fire Engine that served Burbank in it's earliest days. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)