two beef tacos with cheese, lettuce and tomatos

“We’ve seen firsthand how Del Taco’s winning combination of freshly-prepared food served at a tremendous value creates fans and drives traffic,”

Welcome to Glendale, Del Taco.

Del Taco Restaurants,  the nation’s second-leading Mexican quick-service restaurant, announced last week the opening of its newest Arizona location at 5130 W. Bell Road, Glendale. It’s near 51st Avenue, between the U.S. 101 and SR 51 freeways.

“We’ve seen firsthand how Del Taco’s winning combination of freshly-prepared food served at a tremendous value creates fans and drives traffic,” said Chris Beavor, owner of the new Del Taco franchisee. “Whether guests are craving the Del Taco made with seasoned beef and hand-grated cheddar cheese, or one of our new Beyond Tacos, made with 100% plant-based protein, we look forward to offering the Glendale community an assortment of items sure to satisfy every craving.” 

Del Taco said it sold 2 million of its meatless tacos made with a plant-based substitute two months after the launch. It was so well-received, the chain rolled out meatless burritos, also made with Beyond Meat, which some say tastes exactly like hamburger.

Those who download the Del App, available on the App (iOS) and Google Play (Android) stores will receive a coupon for any taco free.

The new Glendale Del Taco restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to midnight daily.   

•While several businesses have had a rough go of it in downtown Glendale, it’s not a one-way exodus.

Indeed, Innovative Pianoworks recently opened at 5613 W. Glendale Avenue. 

Andrea and Tony Smith, longtime Glendale residents have operated Innovative Pianoworks since 1992. 

The history goes back even farther, according to the company website: “Phil Smith, Tony’s father and the patriarch of the family, began working on pianos out of his garage in 1976 and over the years grew it into a successful business.” 

After developing the business in the Scottsdale area, the Smiths have come home to Glendale. In addition to piano sales, they also offer piano tuning, restoration, appraisals, and consultations for the latest in integrate piano player technology systems.

•The new Ballpark Boulevard was set up to help funnel Spring Training out of Camelback Ranch-Glendale Ballpark … and toward Westgate.

Why have baseball fans spend their money in other cities?

With this as background, Westgate is doing a ticket stub deal where visitors can bring in their gameday stub and receive discounts at a variety of restaurants, through March 24. 

Offers include:

• Fat Tuesday: 25% off total bill,

$1 daiquiris.

• Low Key Piano Bar: 20% off food, $1 fishbowls.

• McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon: 20 % off total bill.

• The Lola: 20% off total bill.

That’s just a quick look. Just about every Westgate restaurant is offering specials. For the full list, visit westgateaz.com/baseball/.