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Chipotle files permit to build new restaurant in Huntington

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Chipotle Mexican Grill has filed a permit to build a restaurant in Huntington, according to city officials.

The restaurant was granted a building permit for its site plan and shell building on July 24, according to City Planner Bre Shell. The restaurant would be located at the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and 22nd Street, she said.

Officials with the company declined to comment Friday. The Huntington restaurant would be the company's first in West Virginia, according to information on its website.

Chipotle Mexican Grills feature tacos, burritos, salads and other dishes prepared with high-quality raw ingredients and classic cooking methods, according to the company web site. The restaurants are considered "fast-casual," meaning they combine the higher food quality of a full-service restaurant with the convenience of fast food.

Chairman and CEO Steve Ells, who began his career as a chef, opened the first restaurant 1993 in Denver, and the company now has more than 1,450 locations. McDonalds became an investor in the company in 1998 but divested in 2006, and Chipotle went public on the New York Stock Exchange that year.

Chipotle restaurants make an effort to use locally grown produce and organic meats, according to the company web site.