November 16, 2011

Chipotle Grill Will Open New Restaurant in Ithaca

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The popular chain Chipotle Mexican Grill will open a new restaurant in Ithaca next year, a representative of the company confirmed this week.

The Mexican eatery is considering South Meadow St., among other options, as a location for the new store, Chipotle spokesperson Amber Gallihar said.

“We are trying to make it centrally available to the community,” Gallihar said. Gallihar added Chipotle is hoping to open the new location sometime in mid-February.

Based in Denver, Colo., Chipotle is known for delectable burritos, sizzling steaks and tasty tacos. On its website, the restaurant also touts its connections to the organic food movement, emphasizing its use of organic ingredients and naturally-raised meats.

Some students said they were excited for the store to open.

“I’m excited because I miss it from back home and I know a lot of my friends miss it too. We need our Chipotle fix,” Katelyn Fletcher ’15 said.  “It’s better than fast food. It’s Chipotle.”

Other Mexican restaurants in the area include That Burrito Place on College Avenue and Mexeo on Dryden Road.

“I don’t think it will be a problem. Most students stay on campus,” said Nick Brown, an employee at That Burrito Place.

The national food chain is one of the fastest growing companies in America, recently opening locations in central and upsate New York. The nearest Chipotle, in Syracuse, N.Y., opened its doors last spring.

Original Author: Tajwar Mazhar