The Chipotle Mexican Grill at 301 Great Road opened today. The new restaurant which has been under construction for several months, has 50 indoor and 12 outdoor seats. It's open 7 days a week from 11am to 10pm.
While the main footprint of the building has stayed the same, it no longer looks like a Friendly's.
Chipotle's opened it's first restaurant 20 years ago in Denver, expanded outside Colorado in 1999 and now has almost 1500 locations across the United States and parts of Europe.
Chipotle's focus is to provide sustainable raised food and natural ingredients. They source their pork and chicken from farmers that raise their animals without any antibiotics. According to Chipolte's management, everything is chopped, prepared and cooked onsite. The restaurant does not have any freezers or microwaves.
The outdoor patio features small stones that appear to be glued together providing the look of crushed stoned without having any stone dust track in to the restaurant.
The self service beverage area features an assortment of soda and Iced Tea. Beer will also be sold once the beer and wine license gets it's final approval.
With all the new restaurants in town (b.good is now scheduled to open on June 22nd), there is going to be more competition. However I think overall there will be an increase in the total amount of money spent in Bedford restaurants as some people who previously ate in Lexington or Burlington can get what they want closer. At the end of the year, it would be interesting to take a look at the total sales tax received from meals in Bedford for 2013 and compare it to 2012 and see how much it increased.
Chipolte's has expanded in to Massachusetts in the past few years. It will be interesting to see if their New Southeast Asian concept, ShopHouse makes any inroads.