Two new restaurants are coming to the South Billings Boulevard corridor near the Interstate 90 exit: Taco Bell and 4B’s.
Last week, the city of Billings issued a permit to Missoula-based CLC Restaurants to build a $591,853 Taco Bell building at 749 Commerce Way at the intersection with King Avenue East.
The restaurant is between Dairy Queen and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.
Officials at 4B’s posted a sign outside 4907 Southgate Dr., near the King Avenue East intersection, seeking cooks, managers, dishwashers and other workers. They did not return a message this week seeking comment.
The spot was formerly home to the Mexican restaurant El Corral, which moved to 1431 Country Manor Blvd. off of Grand Avenue.
4B’s was founded in Missoula in the 1940s and previously operated a Billings restaurant at the corner of 24th Street West and Grand Avenue. The company declared bankruptcy in 2007 and shuttered several restaurants in the state, including the Billings spot.
4B’s is under different ownership and is also planning to open a Missoula location.
The new Taco Bell would be the first on the Billings South Side. The Irvine, Calif.-based chain, owned by Yum! Brands, has four stores in Billings and one in Laurel.
The addition of Taco Bell and 4B’s are big additions to the South Billings Urban Renewal District, a once-blighted neighborhood that uses tax-increment financing dollars for economic development.
After starting slowly during the Great Recession in 2009, the district has taken off in recent years. The opening of Popeyes, the first of its kind in Montana, last year boosted traffic along King Avenue East, and a new hotel is also to go up at on the former site of Geyser Park.