Countdown to Rohnert Park Chipotle
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.
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