Bluffton’s Taco Bell could be in for a series of upgrades after the company that owns it filed a proposal for improvements with the Beaufort County Design Review Board.
The restaurant — located at 11 Gateway Village Road off U.S. 278 in the same shopping complex as Home Depot — could be updating its interior, exterior and landscaping, according to the proposal submitted to the board by Bravo Foods.
The structure of the building would remain the same with the exception of a new gray metal roof over the main building, modifications to the entry doors and drive-thru window, and installation of gray-colored aluminum architectural louvered screening around the rooftop equipment.
Also included in the improvements would be a new metal canopy for the drive-thru, new smooth light-brown veneer applied to the facade and dark plum-colored exterior insulation and finish trim.
Landscape work will also be done with limestone gravel around the building rather than pine straw, removal of the overgrowth within an adjacent detention pond and removal of the undergrowth within the area that is a buffer between the location and U.S. 278 in favor of pine straw.
Ron Fiscus, owner of PlanScape Partners who are representing Bravo Foods in the updates, said Friday that the restaurant will be closed for a short time as the renovations happen.
“While they have the interior torn up to change the kitchen and dining are along with exterior improvements, the drive-thru will be closed for maybe one or two weeks,” Fiscus said.
The drive-thru may be open while the interior is renovated at times, he added.
A timeline for construction has not yet been determined, but the design review board gave the restaurant conditional approval for the project Thursday, Fiscus said.