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Heather Mottershaw, the chain’s vice president of product development, said that overnight she’d lost her team’s most creative space, their Innovation Kitchen in Irvine, Calif.

Taco Bell’s culinary team, led by Heather Mottershaw, rethinks research & development in the face of social distancing

Cheese-lined crispy tacos and tortilla-breaded fried chicken strips are in the works

During normal times, Taco Bell’s menu development team, like similar teams at other restaurant chains, would research new items by visiting other restaurants, traveling to different cities to explore their dining scenes, and meeting together in their research & development kitchens to experiment with the ingredients that their suppliers send to them.

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