Chipotle opening near Kroger in Beaumont’s West End

Chipotle Mexican Grill is slated to open at 3905 Dowlen Road in Beaumont.

Chipotle fans will be happy to hear that a new location is opening at Westfield/Kroger Shopping Center in Beaumont.

According to Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Communications Director Chris Arnold, the restaurant is slated to open in late March and will employ around 25 people.

The 2,335 square-foot restaurant is at 3905 Dowlen Road and has a total occupancy of 99 people, including employees, with total seating of 80, including 54 indoor and 26 outdoor, according to Lindsey Gilbreath, permit technician for the city of Beaumont. Gilbreath said the cost for the project is $650,000.

Why should Beaumonters be excited about Chipotle opening in the city?

“While the fast casual segment has grown a lot and become very crowded with competition, there are really not options like Chipotle,” Arnold said. “Chipotle is committed to making great tasting food — made with high quality ingredients and prepared using classic cooking techniques. While others are busily removing artificial ingredients from their food, and making lists of banned ingredients, we’ve stayed away from those things from the beginning. Our food has always been made with great ingredients, and prepared using classic cooking techniques.”

Chipotle is known for its limited menu.

“We do just a few things and believe that doing only a few things allows us to do them better than others,” Arnold said. “We serve only four things in our restaurants — burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito in a bowl rather than a tortilla) and salads. Because customers pick and choose exactly what goes into their own individual order, however, there is still plenty of choice. In fact, you can combine our ingredients to create more than 65,000 menu combinations.”

The contractor for the interior construction is D4 Construction Services LLC of Rowlett, Texas.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the people of Beaumont, so we hope they’ll check it out and see what they think,” Arnold said.

For more information about Chipotle Mexican Grill, visit chipotle.com or follow Chipotle Mexican Grill on Facebook.

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