A Taco Bell retirement community? Sign us up

A Taco Bell retirement community? Sign us up

Taco Bell is opening an early retirement community for one weekend only. | Photo courtesy: Taco Bell.

Apparently, getting old is in fashion now.

Just a few months ago, McDonald’s She dated Grandma McFlurryAnd now Taco Bell is promoting an early retirement community for “old souls.”

The taco chain will reveal: Cantinas in San Diego next month, will offer a weekend getaway for superfans of all ages who appreciate a “fun lifestyle.” The cantinas will offer retiree-friendly pastimes like aerobics and pickleball, as well as Taco Bell menu favorites (of course) and a few surprises.

Arts and crafts activities will be held and a siesta is highly recommended.

“There’s a common misperception that retirement will unlock the life you’ve been waiting for,” Taco Bell CMO Taylor Montgomery said in a statement. “While that may be true for some, we don’t think you should wait until you’re 55 to live the life you’ve longed for. The Cantinas early retirement community, like our brand, represents a place where all generations, regardless of age, can come together to live their Más the way they want.”

Like most restaurant marketing initiatives today, The Cantinas experience is only available to Taco Bell Rewards members.

Starting Tuesday at 12 a.m. ET, those looking to retire can purchase a weekend membership to The Cantinas for $150 (including accommodations for the ticket holder and one guest and full access to amenities, recreation, dining and entertainment) or a day pass for the ticket holder and one guest for $50.

The canteens will only be open on 17-18 August.

I assume rooms at The Cantinas will sell out faster than an unlimited pasta ticket at Olive Garden, but if Taco Bell wants to offer a seat to a middle-aged journalist who has been embracing her inner grandmother since she was eight years old, you have my contact information.

French Fries Day is approaching

You can almost smell the frying oil.

If you’re reading this, you probably know that this Friday is National French Fry Day.

My email inbox was definitely informed of this momentous event.

Here are a few restaurant promotions for the big day. (I never did figure this one out, though, with all the made-up holidays. Who needs an incentive or reminder to eat french fries?)

Through Friday, anyone who eats at Checkers or Rally’s will have a chance to win one of 100 Full Load Fries Tickets, which entitle you to free fries every week for a year. From Friday through Sunday, those who use the chain’s app can get a free regular-sized Full Load Fries with any purchase.

Wayback Burgers, which claims to be in the final stages of testing ketchup fries for next year, will be offering free regular fries on Friday with the purchase of any burger or sandwich through its loyalty program.

Shake Shack’s Crinkle Cut Hug Set. | Photo credit: Shake Shack.

Shake Shack has teamed up with weighted blanket company Bearaby to create the Crinkle Cut Cuddler, a huggable body pillow shaped like a french fry. (I’m pretty sure I’m imagining something like this.) The pillow comes with a washable, french fry-yellow cover and packaging inspired by a takeout box. The pillow is available on Bearaby’s website for $149, and the first 100 orders are getting a coupon for free Shake Shack fries.