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NEW YORK (AP) _ Taco Bell says it will serve beer, wine and “mixed alcohol freezes” at a new location set to open in Chicago this summer.

The chain, owned by Yum Brands Inc., says the restaurant will have a new design it’s testing in urban markets. It says the layout has already been launched in South Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom.

A rendering of the design shows a row of lime-green stools along a bar that peers into an open kitchen, flanked by an exposed brick wall.

Taco Bell says its franchisee is ensuring that alcohol will be served responsibly and that a third-party secret shopper service will be hired to monitor alcohol sales.

The chain says the location “will highlight the work of local artists” to give it a neighborhood feel.