New Taco Bell location opening in Portage

Excitement is growing amongst Taco Bell enthusiasts. "Now the migrant workers can have some home-cookin said Harry Enns as he showed us his new commemorative tatoo.

Excitement is growing amongst Taco Bell enthusiasts. “Now the migrant workers can have some home-cookin” said Harry Enns as he showed us his newly inked commemorative tattoo.

Portage la Prairie, MB – Portage la Prairians will soon have their bell rung by a Mexican, fast-food icon three times a day.

Along with opening a long-awaited franchise, Taco Bell will revive our city’s long-lost city bell.

For years now, the once famous City Hall bell has been silenced by a lack of will and creativity on behalf of City Council.  Ever since an engineering report claimed the roof of City Hall couldn’t safely hold the bell, Portage lost a special part of its character.  For generations, the bell rang out several times a day, and could be heard in every corner of town.

Once open in a few short months, Taco Bell will accomplish what two city councils have been unable to do.  The Mexican fast-food market leader will clang the old City Hall bell at noon, 6pm and 9pm each and every day.

“We looked at coming to Portage for years, but when we heard the city had a used bell for sale, we knew we had a great marketing tool,” Taco Bell spokesperson, Jeanette Akenja-Nearing said.

“The old City Hall bell has such a history in Portage.  People used to mark their day by its ringing.  Now they can do the same again and hopefully think of our restaurant.”

imagesLocal fans of Mexican cuisine are excited about the new eatery and the resurrected bell.  “Every time I hear the bell at noon and supper I can make a run for the border,” Portage la Prairian, Joanna Hand said.  “Then when I hear the bell at 9 at night I’ll make a run for the bathroom.  It’ll be like my trips to Mexico.”

The taco chain was able to buy the bell for $1 from the City of Portage before it was sent off to the scrap yard, saving the cost of shipping.

Taco Bell plans on mounting and displaying the bell outside the front of the restaurant on a twenty-foot high bell tower and will pay an estimated $1,500 to get the bell operational again.  Once the new location is completed, Taco Bell will be shooting a series of television commercials to be aired nationally featuring the old City Hall bell.

Here’s a video we did back a few years. At that point city council was planning to restore the bell. Here’s Dave Green explaining.

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Ian Whyshart is excited about the economic possibilities Taco Bell can bring to Portage. ” This is another reason visitors can stop and visit our fine city, and while here use our newly upgraded bathroom facilities.” #can@thecan #whyshart

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Joe King

Joe King will be responsible for guiding and directing the new editorial focus of the Hoop and Holler. It will be his job to ensure each and every HnH story gets as many views, shares and clicks as possible. Joe has a background in media having worked Master Control for the Manitoba Television Network in Portage la Prairie until the station changed its' name to A-Channel and then had its Portage operation suspended while the company changed hands over and over. Since leaving MTN Joe has worked as a farm labourer, church planter, car detailer and in retail before landing the Editor job at HnH. He is an above average reader and has always watched a disproportional amount of television. Reality shows and crime dramas are his favourites. Joe has a sharp, sarcastic wit and an affection for bathroom humour. His favourite TV shows are America’s Funniest Videos and Ellen and he is fond of Christmas.

One Response

  1. Humpty

    There shouldn’t be bums on your website. I don’t think the city should sell the bell. They should fix it and ring it. I like bells. I like bells that ring more so.


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