Taco Bell Suggests Fans Tweet #SaveTacoBell To Preserve Original Bell Building

The original Taco Bell opened in 1962 in Downey, CA. It now stands empty and local preservationists hope to save it.

The original Taco Bell opened in 1962 in Downey, CA. It now stands empty and local preservationists hope to save it.

Earlier today, we told you how the original Taco Bell building in Downey, CA, now faces possible demolition after its most recent tenant left the place empty in December. We asked Taco Bell corporate for comment on the story and its response is apparently to start a social media campaign — though we’re not exactly sure to what end.

“This is a very special place in our history, and for the entire Taco Bell community,” a rep for Taco Bell HQ tells Consumerist. “For passionate Taco Bell fans who want to share their support, we encourage them to use #savetacobell in social media.”

The question is whether Taco Bell actually plans to do anything if people use this hashtag enough, or whether the company is just throwing up its hands and suggesting that this is a possible way people could preserve the building that company founder Glenn “Taco” Bell erected by himself with only the assistance of a stubborn burro named Justin in 1962. (We may have embellished on that part about the burro.)

So share the hashtag if you want. Or don’t. The world will probably continue to spin either way.