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Why Doesn’t Chipotle Franchise? It Has Enough Money, Promises Organic Meat

Franchising is the business model behind the massive homogenization of the American foodscape. A local entrepreneur licenses a larger brand, often buying supplies and other necessities for running a restaurant as well. This has worked very well for many fast food and quick-serve chains, so why isn’t popular burrito eatery Chipotle interested in opening franchises? [More]

Chipotle Lacks Diaper Changing Table, Mom Changes Toddler On The Dining Table Instead

Chipotle Lacks Diaper Changing Table, Mom Changes Toddler On The Dining Table Instead

Chipotle has a kids’ menu with tiny quesadillas and organic milk, and offers high chairs in its dining rooms. They seemed to Chad like an establishment that welcomes and accommodates families with small children. When his wife took their 16-month-old daughter for a diaper change, though, she found no changing table. So she did the logical thing and changed the tot’s dirty diaper on a table in the dining area. Wait, what? [More]

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Pennsylvania Chipotle Workers Walk Out, Sign Alleges “Sweatshop Conditions”

It’s not clear what happened at the Chipotle restaurant in State College, Pennsylvania, but we do know some things. The restaurant was closed for several hours this morning and afternoon. At first, all that aspiring burrito-eaters knew was that the store was closed. A sign in the window claimed that most of the employees had quit in protest of “borderline sweatshop conditions,” so the shop had to close. [More]

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Couple Is Surprisingly Unhappy That Chipotle Is Moving In Next Door

For many people, having a Chipotle restaurant move in next door would mean infinite joy and probably infinite weight gain. One couple in Hershey, Pennsylvania is very unhappy that the fast-casual eatery has a restaurant under construction next door to their home. [More]

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There Are 655,360 Different Burrito Combinations Possible At Chipotle

It’s not often that you can test an ad claim and find that a company is actually underselling itself. The menu at Chipotle is small and simple but has many possible configurations. How many? Well, you could eat there once per day without repeating a meal for 1,794 years. Don’t ever claim to be bored with your lunches again. [More]

Chipotle Is Sorry To Interrupt Its Regular Steak Programming With Conventionally Raised Beef

Truth-telling shouldn't be so remarkable, but that's the world we live in.

It might seem like a small thing, to alert your customers when a product you offer changes. But as we’ve seen with the horsemeat scandal over in Europe, knowing exactly what kind of food you’re eating is vitally important to consumers. After all, you’re the one deciding to spend your hard-earned cash so you should be in the loop. Consumerist reader Salman noticed this kind of transparency in action recently at his local Chicago Chipotle. [More]

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Chipotle Doesn’t Mind Putting Baby In A Corner If You’re The Type To Shun Human Contact

Don’t want anyone looking at you during the very private act of eating a burrito, but hate the idea of taking your food to go? Chipotle has a fix for that. Or at least, one Chipotle location has a very special seating arrangement for those of us who would prefer to be forever alone. [More]

If Chipotle Is Going To Round Numbers On Your Bill, It Should Only Round Down — From Now On

If Chipotle Is Going To Round Numbers On Your Bill, It Should Only Round Down — From Now On

Have you looked at your Chipotle receipt recently? Some customers noticed a bit of funky math going on after paying for their burritos, tacos and various items from the chain, where totals seemed to mysteriously shift so as to not get pennies involved in the equation. Rounding off a bill is fine — unless of course, the bill gets rounded up. [More]

Chipotle Facing The Investigative Heat Over Its Compliance With Immigration Laws

Chipotle Facing The Investigative Heat Over Its Compliance With Immigration Laws

Mexican fast food chain Chipotle announced yesterday that it’s the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors into the possibility that it violated criminal securities laws with its hiring practices. [More]

Chipotle Understands When Your Dog Eats Your Gift Card

Chipotle Understands When Your Dog Eats Your Gift Card

John’s greyhound has no patience. If the dog had waited just a little while, the Chipotle gift card in a paper sleeve that his fianc√©e left on the kitchen table would have been magically transformed into food. But dogs don’t think that way, and this dog really, really likes to chew up paper. And so the $50 gift card was destroyed. [More]

Changing Over Chipotle Signs To Show Pork In Pinto Beans Will Take A Few Months

Changing Over Chipotle Signs To Show Pork In Pinto Beans Will Take A Few Months

In late July, Chipotle garnered kudos after CEO Steve Ells called up a fan who had been Tweeting his displeasure at discovering that Chipotle’s pinto beans were cooked with pork. Ells pledged that the burrito chain would change all its menu boards to reflect the pork content. A few months later I walked into a Chipotle in Midtown and noticed their sign hadn’t changed. [More]

Chipotle & Willie Nelson Team Up For Animated
Anti-Factory Farm Ad

Chipotle & Willie Nelson Team Up For Animated Anti-Factory Farm Ad

In a combination we never would’ve thought would be so likable, Chipotle has enlisted the help of Willie Nelson covering a Coldplay song to make an animated piece that is anti-factory farming. [More]

Study: One In Five Menu Calorie Counts Are Off By At Least 100 Calories

Study: One In Five Menu Calorie Counts Are Off By At Least 100 Calories

As restaurant chains begin rolling out menus with calorie counts, one has to wonder just how accurate that information is. A new study claims that nearly one out of every five menu items underestimates by at least 100 calories, with some major chains like Boston Market and Chipotle missing the mark on some items by more than 200 calories. [More]

Science Confirms In-N-Out Burger Is The Best And McDonald's The Worst

Science Confirms In-N-Out Burger Is The Best And McDonald's The Worst

Almost a year ago, our survey-loving siblings at Consumer Reports asked several thousand readers to rate burgers from 18 burger chains and to no one’s surprise, McDonald’s came in dead last. Not satisfied with merely finding the best and worst beef-on-a-bun, CR decided to go for the super-sized option, rating 53 restaurants in five categories to find which ones provide the best food, service and value to customers. [More]

Taco Bell CEO: If Chipotle Is BMW, We're Hyundai

Taco Bell CEO: If Chipotle Is BMW, We're Hyundai

Curiously Australian Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed has no delusions about the product his company sells. Not that he thinks it’s bad food, but that that, well… you often get what you pay for when you buy an $.89 taco. And Creed doesn’t really worry about competing with Chipotle. [More]

Get Your Grubby Hands On Two Chipotle Burritos For The Price Of One

Get Your Grubby Hands On Two Chipotle Burritos For The Price Of One

Oh hey burrito lovers, get off your salsa-loving butts and get on over to Chipotle before March 7 for a buy-one-get-one deal. All you have to do is sit through an ad for a TV show beforehand and you’re golden. [More]

Chipotle Fires Hundreds Of Undocumented Workers, Faces Protests

Chipotle Fires Hundreds Of Undocumented Workers, Faces Protests

Following an audit of employees’ legal statuses, Chipotle fired between 350 and 700 undocumented employees at its Minnesota restaurants. [More]

This Chipotle Gift Card Is Kinda Chuckle-Worthy

This Chipotle Gift Card Is Kinda Chuckle-Worthy

You can say what you want about Chipotle’s food, but whoever put together the legalese on the back of their gift cards has a pretty good sense of humor. [More]