The New Lakewood Chipotle Has Delayed its Opening, but It's Still Coming, Haters

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The new Chipotle coming to the corner of Abrams Road and Richmond Avenue pushed its tentative December opening date to January 24. If you've been craving "Responsibly Raised®" meat with black beans, mild salsa, cheese, guacamole and lettuce wrapped in a tortilla large enough to swaddle a kitten, you'll have to wait a little longer.

The restaurant was originally scheduled to open December 7, holding a job fair back in October to look for up to 30 new burrito-builders. Construction setbacks are being cited for the delay.

Not everyone is smitten with the coming restaurant that currently resembles an Apple store. A story first announcing Chipotle's arrival in the Lakewood Advocate described neighborhood "haters" who were disillusioned with the financial institutions and Italian restaurants (read: unsightly corporate chains) that have been moving into the neighborhood.

Regardless, there will soon be burritos and tacos and quesadillas galore, some of them smothered with a heaping spoonful of chunky guacamole for an extra $1.80. The new location will also offer Chipotle-sized catering services, with a toll-free number for ordering burrito deliveries big enough to feed 200 Lakewood residents at a time. If the burrito in our Chipotle versus Freebirds smackdown is representative, that means 320 pounds of burritos could be rolling around Dallas in a Chipotle van at any time. I hope you're hungry.

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