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Countdown to Rohnert Park Chipotle

Monday, January 14th, 2013 | Posted by


Chipotle in progress. (Nick Walden)

People who have been anxiously waiting for Chipotle Mexican Grill to open in Rohnert Park will have to wait just a little bit longer. The “fast casual” grill that serves up burritos and burrito bowls was originally expected to open in December, but longer than expected construction times have delayed the timetable by a few months.

Recently, as exterior construction was near completion, a “Burritofication in Progress” sign was hung outside the location and the countdown has begun.

“It is scheduled to open in the beginning of March,” said Eric Klemann, a Chipotle customer service consultant.

The new store will be located at 6325 Commerce Blvd. in front of 24 Hour Fitness and Grocery Outlet, featuring what the website calls “food with integrity.”

Along with a new place to grab a burrito, the store will bring more jobs to the community.

“Typically, we begin our hiring process for new restaurants three weeks prior to the opening date,” said Klemann. “We post all job openings, including for new restaurants, on our website.”

Chipotle opened its first storefront in Denver in 1993 and has expanded rapidly to more than 1,200 restaurants in the United States, London and Canada. It has an extremely loyal customer base that has started online Facebook pages to let the company know how many people want a store in their area.

Part of Chipotle’s draw is its focus on fresh ingredients and the customers’ ability to easily pick and choose what they want on their order.

“I like that it is fresh and they make it in front of you,” said Katie Dejung, a Santa Rosa resident who is looking forward to the store’s opening. “The menu isn’t complicated. but everything tastes great.”

The closest Chipotle is in Novato, although there are plans to start building one in Santa Rosa.

Chipotle’s website describes the company’s mission this way: “Food with integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.” Forty percent of the black beans it buys are organic, for example; its dairy products are rBGH-free; and it utilizes trans-fat-free frying oils.

To take a quick peek at the menu or learn more about the company, you can visit its website, Chipotle.com.

Are you excited for the new opening? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

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  • Gina

    Thanks for the information! I am currently looking for work, so I appreciate the link to their Careers page.

  • kyle


  • Dar

    The most exciting news to come out of this article is that there are plans for a Santa Rosa location!!! Bring it on!

  • Caesar

    Reading this may my day much better. Wasn’t even aware of Chipotle coming to Rohnert Park. My wife and I travel to Novato just to get their food.

  • Amber

    My question is, with all of the empty storefronts in Rohnert Park, why did they feel the need & why did the city let them build their own space? There is plenty of empty spaces to lease in the strip mall they’re in, plus there are many open spaces in the strip mall just a block down. Jut seems wasteful and unnecessary.

  • swiller

    Forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this a McDonald’s franchise? I was always instructed to stay away. Seems we got plenty good authentic mexican around.

    • Nicholas

      Swiller, really? “Plenty [of] good Mexican food”, you are severely deprived of good Mexican Food if you think that Mi Pueblo is cutting it. Live in Southern California, specifically San Diego for some more authentic Mexican food. On that note, Chipotle also is not cutting it as authentic either, it’s more in-between, but still awesome-ly good.

  • brewer

    swiller, For a brief time McDonalds owned some chipotle stock. They had no influence on the goings on.

  • Thomas Henderson

    Currently the best burritos in Rohnert Park are made at the back counter in Juanita’s Market on Southwest Blvd. We are fortunate to have many options for Mexican and Mexican-style cuisine. I’d like to see a Carnitas cart downtown though. Do we have a “downtown” anymore? BTW, I’m sure this isn’t the right place to ask but do we need another Starbuck’s at commerce and Xpwy?

    • http://www.NickWalden.com Nick Walden

      Well the Starbucks is replacing the one next to Safeway and providing a drive-thru option for people rather than crossing the freeway and going past a few stoplights.

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