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Coming to Ellicott City: Chipotle Mexican Grill

The restaurant should be open by the end of the year, according to corporate.

There are about 1,000 Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants worldwide.

In Columbia, there are two.

In Ellicott City: none.

That is about to change, however. By the end of this year, according to Cheryl Heidorn, design manager for the company, a new restaurant will be opening at the northwest corner of St. John’s Lane and Baltimore National Pike.

Just across the street from Qdoba.

The company has gained approval from the design advisory board, and is scheduled for a March 19 public hearing in front of the hearing examiner regarding parking and a setback variance.

So what do you think? Are you one of those Chipotle addicts? Does Ellicott City need another chain restaurant?

Let us know in the comments or simply click “yes” or “no” in the poll.

Tim B February 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Makes no sense to have Qdoba and Chipotle at same corner. Traffic is bad already at that intersection. It will be a nightmare now. They needed to be further down the street but I guess they see how well Qdoba does and the almighty dollar means more. I guess thats "food with integrity"?
EC Resident February 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
While I like Chipotle, I am disappointed that it will be going in right across the street from Qdoba (which I also like). I was hoping to get an independent restaurant or business in that space. I also agree with an earlier comment that the intersection is very difficult to navigate, especially if you are coming out of the shopping center where Qdoba is located, or out of Suntrust bank.
FRANCIS February 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Is there any information on plans for the empty lot next to Blockbuster on Rt 40? It would seem to have been a better location for Chipotle than at the Rt40 and St Johns intersection
Mark February 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Qdoba might as well start packing. They have a lousy location in EC anyway.
Mark February 19, 2012 at 02:22 PM
As you travel around the country, you will see Targets and Walmarts within a very short distance of each other.
Mark February 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Mi Casa is a Mexican restaurant that serves entire meals. These are basically burrito joints.
Mark February 19, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Is Pachanga's still open? Haven't been their for awhile, but their food is really good.
Mark February 19, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The Forest Diner with be closing in about 4 years, for good.
Mark February 19, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It could be worse. Another Korean place could be coming in. Rt 40 West is becoming Little Seoul. I had also heard Sonic was looking to open in the area. That would put a hurt on Checkers.
Buff Daddy February 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Chipotle has a spin off asian restaurant called Shophouse that has received good reviews in DC. I would much rather see one there instead. http://www.shophousekitchen.com/ie/
Brenda February 20, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I wish Chipolte would look to move to Elkridge.
Stephaine King February 20, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Would rather see a ChickFilA or Sonic. Qdoba right across the street. My teenage son has worked at both Qdoba and Chipotle and he tells me Qdoba makes more of the food at the restaurant where Chipotle brings most of it in already prepared. It sounds like " food with integrity" is just a marketing slogan for those guys.
BK Mcalister February 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I've heard the same things about Chipotle as well. Definitely too much to put another restaurant on too busy of a corner. I don't believe there is enough parking for any of the places mentioned. I will definitely attend hearing in March.
Bob P February 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Chipotle - YUCK! Besides, that corner is too congested already. Not enough parking either.
Gary March 03, 2012 at 12:01 AM
we also don't need the traffic here in ellicott city
Gary March 03, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I don't want that restaurant there. they want the area to look like trash like in catonsville and laurel. I am so upset about this.
Gary March 03, 2012 at 12:30 AM
this is not funny to me as it is one step further toward the ruination of my neighborhood. Too bad nobody cares about that.
Mark March 05, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Gary, I'm not sure how this will affect your neighborhood any worse than it is right now. That eyesore of an old gas station does nothing for the aesthetics of the area. Chipotles are at least attractive.
Mark March 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
There a some very nice parts of both Catonsville and Laurel. I don't think you need to insult other's neighborhoods to make your point.
Bob March 08, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Mark, i wasn't purposely insulting either of these, as i have friends in laurel and used to live in catonsville. Rte 40 and route 1 are, to me, visually unappealing overbuilt. Like others said here, why another mexican place. The traffic at this intersection is terrible and it will only get worse.....
Nana March 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
To all those who feel that a the neighborhood gets runied when a mexican carry out comes to town, I say move out. This is AMERICA
Nana March 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
If they want more Mex food give it to them. That is capitalism.How many Mexican Restaurants do we have in Chinatown ? I bet you Zero. I guess you guys someone is scare that the Mexicans are going to invade Columbia and EC.
Mark March 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
@Nana, you really need to read comments carefully before making ignorant remarks. They don't object to "Mexican" food on the corner. They are concerned for the two Mexican restaurants already there, that there may be too much in one close area for competitiveness sake.
Bob March 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Yes, Nana, I will move out of the neighborhood I have lived in for 40 years because you say....you don't need to tell me this is America. The restaurants that are there now do not need more competition, thanks for your lovely insight.
Laurie Strasser Craddock March 29, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I think this is a good corner to put in a fast food place, but not Chipote. White Castle would be better!
EL April 01, 2012 at 01:22 AM
so did they get their variance?
Brandie Jefferson April 01, 2012 at 10:30 PM
No decision yet, EL.
Gina M September 19, 2012 at 01:49 PM
There is a Sonic logo on a sign in front of a vacant lot lot at 40 and Bethany ( behind Yogicastle). Says something like 'soon' or 'coming soon' I think.
David Jalali December 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Because the old abandoned gas station is doing wonders for aesthetics huh? Some people are so dumb and close-minded to change it makes me laugh.
David Jalali December 27, 2012 at 09:50 PM
When was competition ever a bad thing? Capitalism is what drives our economy. When there are more competitors, they will try and one up each other, set standards higher, and somehow try and attract consumers to their place. This is good for us! I have never even seen a Mi Casa advertisement once, and I have lived in EC all my life. If they're concerned about competition maybe they should try to compete! Also, Qdoba is terrible compared to Chipotle.

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