There is a great disturbance in the fast food world.
The ever-popular Taco Bell has confirmed talk that it's cutting potatoes from the menu, meaning no more Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes or Spicy Potato Soft Tacos (the Cheesy Potato Burrito, beloved by this writer, vanished some time ago).
In a Friday news release, the chain said it'll unveil a "simplified menu" on August 13, doing away with not only potato-based items, but also a number of other favorites — including 7-Layer Burritos, Nachos Supreme and Loaded Grillers (which come in both "cheese potato" and "beefy nacho").
"And while change is hard," the release says, "a simplified menu and innovation process will leave room for new fan favorites, continued progress in categories such as plant-based diets, and even opportunities for the return of some classics on a limited time basis."
Fast food lovers seem to be finding little solace in this. A Change.Org petition asking signers to "SAVE TACO BELL POTATOES" has sprung up (and garnered over 5,100 signatures so far), while Business Insider reports that vegans and vegetarians are "furious" at the change.
As the website points out, Taco Bell acknowledged that "some vegetarian go-to items might be gone," but promised that the menu would remain "highly customizable" for those seeking vegetarian options.
But reactions have still been widely negative, if social media is any indicator:
As far as we can tell, Taco Bell has so far not addressed the backlash on social media. However, we have done our due diligence and reached out to the company for comment.