Rat Taco Bell Closed ForeverS

The rat-infested Greenwich Village Taco Bell that spawned citywide panic and a plague of restaurant closures will never again open to haunt New York's rat-phobic populace. Yum! Brands, the perhaps ironically named parent company of Taco Bell and KFC, recently announced that the store—and 9 others in the city—will be or remain permanently closed. The Taco Bell, perhaps more than any other restaurant in Manhattan, was a gathering place for rodents who, hungry and abandoned, sought shelter, camaraderie and delicious Nacho Bell Grandes. Though Taco Bell has been seriously damaged here by its popularity among the greater rat community, Yum! posted record Q1 earnings due to their rapid expansion into China, where the majority of the vast population of rats has yet to discover their fine products.