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Trending this week: Taco Bell eliminating 12 items from its menu and more on Chipotle Mexican Grill opening its 100th Chipotlane

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This week on Nation's Restaurant News, KFC brought back its Beyond Meat plant-based chicken for a limited time to more than 50 restaurants in Southern California.

“I’ve said it before: despite many imitations, the flavor of Kentucky Fried Chicken is one that has never been replicated, until Beyond Fried Chicken,” Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer of KFC U.S., said in a statement. “We know the East Coast loved it, so we thought we’d give those on the West Coast a chance to tell us what they think in an exclusive sneak peek.”

Newport Beach, Calif.-based fast-casual chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill is set to open its 100th Chipotlane in Ohio later this month. The drive-thru lanes, designed for customers to pick up mobile orders, are fast becoming a major part of Chipotle’s development plans. The chain said consumers love the convenience of fetching mobile orders without leaving their car.

Also, Taco Bell is eliminating 12 more items from its menu, including four items from its popular Cravings Value menu. While it is eliminating four value items, Taco Bell said it is permanently adding a $1 Beef Burrito to the Cravings menu. The company is also bringing back the $5 Grande Nachos Box for a limited time. 

Click through the gallery to read which items will be eliminated on Taco Bell's menu and to see what else is trending on this week. 

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