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Chipotle to Open This Spring in Oakton

Mexican restaurant chain signs lease for Hunter Mill Plaza

Chipotle Mexican Grill has signed a lease to set up shop in Oakton, eyeing an opening date sometime this spring.

The chain restaurant serves burritos, tacos and salad, and features an open kitchen where customers can see the food being made and pick their own toppings. 

Chipotle is committed to a mission of "food with integrity" — 100 percent of its pork, chicken and beef is naturally raised, and 40 percent of its beans are organic, according to its website. It also boasts zero trans fat frying oil.

The Denver-based company currently has nearby locations on Maple Avenue in Vienna, Lee Highway in Fairfax City and in the Fairfax Corner shopping center.

Chipotle will move into the space Fitness Resource vacated in September 2011. It signed a lease in late October.

"We've been looking forward to signing Chipotle for a long time," said Arthur Matarazzo, a leasing agent for A.J. Dwoskin & Associates who has looked for a deal to bring Chipotle to Oakton for the past few years. "We feel it's a good fit for the community. Our center now has a wide range of food, from Italian to Chinese to Kebab to Thai to sushi. Chipotle rounds out our menu selection."

Matarazzo said they expect Chipotle to open its doors in late March.

The restaurant will be located in Hunter Mill Plaza, alongside restaurants such as Luciano Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Oakton Chesapeake Cafe and Tigris Middle Eastern Grill. It will also share the shopping center with retail shops such as Tabby Cat Kids Clothes, Oakton Wine Shop and Austin's Big & Tall.

"We are very excited to hear that Chipotle is moving into Hunter Mill Plaza because it will help increase traffic to the shopping center," said Alex Craige, owner of Tabby Cat. "All of the retailers will benefit."

Bryan Gauthier, owner of Oakton Wine Shop, shares Craige's optimism about Chipotle's move into the shopping center. 

"It is exciting to see Oakton continue to grow and attract new businesses to this small community," he said. "I am excited at the possibilities and exposure a company like Chipotle brings to Hunter Mill Plaza."

What do you think about Chipotle coming to Oakton? Leave a comment below.

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Robert F. Dorr November 01, 2012 at 10:40 AM
This is a good story about an important local development that is of great interest to me. Unless I missed it, the story doesn't mention a Thai restaurant in the same shopping center that has excellent food and good service but doesn't do a very effective job of branding its product. The Oakton Wine Shop proprietor may not realize that an outsized "no soliciting" sign on his premises is a turn-off to me and several of my friends. The Oakton Chesapeake Cafe, alias the bagel shop, is where I wrote major portions of several of my books. Chipotle is a welcome addition to this community and its presence should benefit the other businesses nearby.
James Kifonidis November 01, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Hunter Mill Plaza now has Italian Food, Thai Food, Sushi, Middle Eastern, Chinese Food and now add Mexican! Or you could just get a bagel :) Quite the selection! I like the addition of Chipotle to the mix of selections especially since I work at Image Flooring, Kitchen and Bath (www.imagekitchensandfloors.com) in the same shopping center. We've seen some restaurants come & go but I think a major branded chain like Chipotle will do just fine here & we welcome them!
maria November 01, 2012 at 06:43 PM
My daughter is so excited she loves Chipotle. This will be definate teenage HANGOUT. Hopefully, they'd like to work. Welcom CHIPOTLE!!!!!
Suzanne Carpenter November 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I love how socially responsible Chipotle is, serving fresh, healthy and mostly organic choices. Recently I read an article about the mindful owner, and the evolution of this chain. I'm excited to have this tasty, fast and fresh option close by!

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