Original Taco Bell makes move from Downey to Irvine

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Giving a new meaning to drive-thru restaurant, the original Taco Bell was moved from Downey to Irvine late Thursday evening. (KABC)

The original Taco Bell restaurant location in Downey moved to Irvine late Thursday night.

The first Taco Bell was opened in 1962 and the iconic building was nicknamed "Numero Uno." Now, the fast food chain has more than 6,000 stores worldwide.

After talks it could be demolished, it was decided the building would be moved to Taco Bell's headquarters in Irvine.

The building, no larger than a two-car garage, was lifted onto a truck and driven 47 miles through the night.

Taco Bell said it will leave the fate of the building up to the fans who could choose to turn it into a museum, a new franchise or something else entirely.

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