What does Taco Bell think of a new Florida competitor? Take a look at the sign

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Last week, Del Taco opened its first restaurant in Bradenton on Manatee Avenue.

As locals immediately lined up for a new fast-food taco option in the area, the Taco Bell a few lots away on Manatee Avenue West chose to greet the new taco chain with a good old-fashioned sign war. .

The Taco Bell sign read, “She’s a 10 but eats Del Taco.”

The phrase “she’s 10 but…” is a social media meme that started on TikTok and spread to Twitter and other social media platforms this year.

While the Taco Bell sign was fun and might have warranted a rebuttal from Del Taco, the sign battle was one-sided because Del Taco doesn’t have a big road sign yet.

Having two fast food taco restaurants on the same street, let alone the same city, in a growing metro like Bradenton, has sparked a debate on Facebook about which is better and why.

Some residents have taken to a popular Facebook group, “Eff You! I’m from Bradenton! to declare the start of a “taco war”.

A poster shared a side-by-side photo of a fake response from Del Taco that read “She must like better tacos,” and the post received over 700 reactions and 100 comments.

“Bradenton needed something new to fight tacos,” one commenter said. “I really, really hope the sign banter continues,” said another. “It’s clean.”

A poster shared a very blurry photo of cars lined up for Del Taco’s drive-thru at night and received more than 200 comments, many joking about the quality of the photo.

“I remember when Taco Bell opened on Manatee Ave, it was the same, don’t judge,” one commenter said.

During Saturday, Nov. 19, lunchtime, the Taco Bell on Manatee Avenue appeared visibly empty, with few cars in its parking lot and drive-thru line.

On the other hand, Del Taco had too many cars coming and going to count. They even had two men using signal wands to help customers enter and exit the parking lot and drive-thru.

The Manatee County government shared in a Facebook post Nov. 17 that Del Taco celebrated its grand opening at 5610 Manatee Avenue in Bradenton.

The message also mentions that the owner of the restaurant is a resident of Manatee County and that the restaurant has 45 part-time employees and 10 full-time employees.

On Saturday afternoon, November 19, 2022, a Taco Bell sign on Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton posted a humorous message welcoming competing taco chain, Del Taco, to the area.

A few blocks from Taco Bell on Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton, Del Taco served some of the store’s first customers in the Bradenton area. 19/11/2022

During the Saturday afternoon lunch rush, cars arrived for a bite to eat at Del Taco on Manatee Ave. W. at Bradenton. 19/11/2022

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