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Monrovia Approves Plans for Chipotle Restaurant on Huntington Drive

The city has approved plans for a Chipotle to move in to the old Acapulco location on Huntington Drive.

The Mexican food chain Chipotle plans to open a new restaurant on Huntington Drive and construction is expected to commence early next year, according to the city's development blog.

The Monrovia Planning Commission has approved plans and a conditional use permit for the new restaurant, which will occupy the old Acapulco location in the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center.

"They’re actually going to replace the Acapulco building, tear it down and rebuild it," city spokesman Dan Bell said.

The parent company of the Acapulco chain filed for bankruptcy and closed its restaurants last year. The new building will be about 10,000 square feet and will be built to accommodate three additional restaurants, Bell said.

Chipotle has more than 900 restaurants nationwide, according to the company's website. Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email to Patch that his company can't comment on the proposed restaurant.

"As a rule, we don't discuss plans for individual restaurants until we have space under lease and construction scheduled," Arnold wrote. "At this point, we haven't cleared those hurdles yet."

Namaste October 31, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Finally, a healthier, sustainable, more organic, animal friendly alternative for our city. Chipotle is a model of sustainable business that works!!!
Marg October 31, 2012 at 02:30 AM
It sounds like a version of the "food court" at the mall, if three restaurants can fit in. Monrovia has, family owned Los Gueros, Baja Fresh, Rubios, Taco Bell, Chili's has Mex. in their menu, and a stone's throw away is Qdoba. Why does the city think we need more Mexican food? Why does the city think we need more competition for the restaurants that are already here, esp. the ones on Myrtle who are struggling to survive?
Dan Crandell October 31, 2012 at 03:38 AM
@Merg ... Also a good question would be why does Chipotle want to enter an area saturated with Mexican food joints? Several us us commented a few months ago that an In-and Out would work. Maybe even another Jack in the Box. That would give us three.
Marg October 31, 2012 at 04:15 AM
The new Jack in the Box looks nice but what that corner needs is for the Rite Aid shopping center to be bulldozed or renovated. It looks completely ghetto over there. There are so many wonderful places on Myrtle, you would think the city would want to protect them, a little. Have you ever tried Devon? Or Cafe Opera?
Marg October 31, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I never heard that but some Animal Fries would be rockin'! Hey Delilah, If you want to treat yourself, split the coffee rubbed rib eye at Opera. It's fantastic!
Dalilah M. October 31, 2012 at 04:40 AM
While Devon and Cafe Opera are enjoyable, they are in a drastically different price category than Chipotle. There really is no comparison there. And Chipotle is yummy! I will be glad to see them here. By the way, whats up with In n Out? We ve been hearing "its coming" since we moved here 10 years ago. I sure wish they would hurry up with that! Its nice to have choices in Monrovia. I like to support our Myrtle restaurants but cant always afford the time or money to go to a sit-down place.
Dalilah M. October 31, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Thanks Marg! I ll have to check that out. Sounds yummy! : )
lola October 31, 2012 at 01:11 PM
@Merg ... did it ever occur to you that (1) many people LOVE mexican food! (2) not everyone can afford "the ones on Myrtle who are struggling to survive", especially when some of those who don't provide good food nor good value? Capitalism /competition is what our country is founded on....the consumer chooses and that drives where a corporation spends $$
Tom Adams October 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Marg, the City doesn't pick which businesses come to Monrovia so branding is open. The owner of a building that is zoned for food service has a right to decide which brand will operate it's business there.
Tom Adams October 31, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Dalilah, In and Out has decided to not come to Monrovia at this time.
carlos October 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM
In & Out slated for the Home Depot pkg area on Mountain Ave fell-through over a year ago w/ no current plans for a different Monrovia location.
Dalilah M. November 01, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Aaaaagghh......Im so sad!!
Robert Parry November 01, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Though I'm a devout capitalist and free-marketeer, it pains me to see our town inundated with fast food joints like this. T-Burger and Rudy's have a tough time going against the corporate marketing economies of scale and purchasing power of the Jack-In-The-Box or Chipotle. Banning those places would not be a good thing, but there needs to be a balance. I don't envy the council on these decisions.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 01, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Dan, the Gem City Images Dude is the one responsible for that In N Out thing. He got me big time on April Fools Day, and reading this, I'm going, DARN, it's not In N Out, LOL. I've tried to get into the one on Santa Anita closer to 7:30 or 8 the last couple of days. Long lines. I had to go elsewhere. If the market is oversaturated in Mexican/Latino food, the restaurant won't be sustained. Will be interesting to see how this works out. As for Marg's comments about the Rite Aid Complex, there is no more Redevelopment Agency, so it's up to the land barons who own the property to decide if they're going to renovate. Unless they fail to meet some sort of code, I don't think the City can do much of anything on that, and the business that claims to have brought us all the business (but got paid for what it did) is suing us, so that's out. I just want to know why all the handicapped spots are being moved further away from the door in lieu of curb pickup. You can still have curbside pick up, but when every step hurts, it seems that the rolls should be switched. BJ's is a classic example of this.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 01, 2012 at 06:53 PM
My dad is one. When he comes off the mountain to go to dinner, he tells me we can go anywhere I want as long as it is Mexican food. His first name's Al, but I have changed it to El. He'll be happy about Chipotle.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
T-Burger is a great place and does a steady stream of traffic. Son loves their carne asada burrito; grandson loves the breakfast burrito, his way--and they accommodate. Breakfast burrito with bacon, add carne asada. T-Burger survived when there was an Acapulco. It's a different strokes for different folks kind of thing. Do you want to do the drive-thru or quicky sit down, or do you want to sit down and be waited upon. The only problem with Rudy's is the lack of parking in primetime.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 01, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I went online to check out the Chipotle menu and found out there's an app for that http://www.chipotle.com/en-US/order/order.aspx
R Terry November 01, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Qdoba's BBQ sauce makes that a better choice than Chipotle for me.
R Terry November 01, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Yeah, I understand that one of the shop owners close by claimed In n Out would disrupt his business by taking parking from him. He would not negotiate.
Rose November 14, 2012 at 07:47 AM
They should of put a TGI Fridays instead.

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