Work starts on new Taco Bell, Pizza Hut in Suntree


Crews clear land along North Wickham Road in Suntree for a new Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurant. A retail plaza eventually will be built at the site.

photo by Mike Gaffey

A combination Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurant will be built on recently cleared land on North Wickham Road west of the Sunoco station near Tuscany Apartments.

A 1,640-square-foot Taco Bell and a 1,960-square-foot Pizza Hut will occupy the same building on the property, said Bruce Moia, president of MBV Engineering, which is working on the project. It’s the first phase of a development project that eventually will include a 4,000-square-foot retail complex, Moia said.

The national restaurant chains are owned by Yum! Brands Inc., which also owns KFC.

The closest Taco Bell to Suntree is a combination Taco Bell-Long John Silver’s on Barnes Boulevard in Rockledge. The closest Pizza Hut is on U.S. 1 in Rockledge.

Moia said Yum! Brands often combines several of its restaurants into one building. In Sebastian, a Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC are all under one roof, he noted.

“I believe this one is going to be a little bit different,” Moia said. “This one will have a full Pizza Hut and a full Taco Bell as opposed to one restaurant that serves all three foods. I believe this is one of the protoypes that they’ve done.”

Moia said an improving economy and home construction in Viera are luring commercial development to the area.

“You’ve got The Fresh Market (specialty grocer) going up in Suntree and there’s other stuff in the works,” he said. “You’re going to see that Wickham Road corridor expanding here in the near future. With all the rooftops going up in Viera, they’re attracting a lot of commercial construction.”