Friday, June 5, 2009

Chipotle coming to 14th Street

My buddy tells me he saw a coming soon sign for Chipotle on 14th Street between the Starbucks and The Heights. No timetable that he saw.

I'm of two minds about this - I like Chipotle, but there are already an awful lot of chain restaurants and chain quick food places around here - Five Guys, Panda Express Potbelly, the two Starbucks, Dunkin, etc etc. Pollo Campero has burritos too, but they're only chicken.

In any case, I'll probably go there -- good place to get quick after work food. Anybody else?

23 comments:

Sterling Johnson said...
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Sterling Johnson said...

I hope this doesn't happen. Like you said, the neighborhood is inundated with large chain restaurants already. How do we stop this?

Chris said...

What's so wrong about large chain restaurants? They provide a consistent and reasonably priced product to the consumer. Name me an independent restaurant that's providing consistency at a reasonable price. Certainly not The Heights who's prices keep going up and portions keep getting smaller. Tonic, Rumberos, and Radius are all over priced and lack consistentcy too.

Andrew said...

Well I agree with you on Rumberos, but I like the other joints. I would just like more balance - maybe some local quick places.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind there being chain restaurants in Kenyon Square, Highland Park, or DCUSA, but outside of those buildings, I like to see more independent shops. Only big chains can afford to pay the high rents they charge in those buildings.

Andrew said...

Hm, interesting point anon. Thanks

techne said...

Just one more thing to make living in CH feel like living in a mall. A crappy mall.

Anonymous said...

Living near 11th street I don't feel like I'm living in a mall. Sure if I want to buy stuff at target I can, but the other 99.99% of my time in CH is spent in a neighborhood which hardly resembles a mall or suburbia.

Sterling Johnson said...

"Just one more thing to make living in CH feel like living in a mall. A crappy mall." - techne

I'd agree. I was shocked when they said they may put an IHOP in DCUSA. I moved to Columbia Heights for a unique experience. Bringing Chipotle takes away from that.

Anonymous said...

ch sucks. its nova in the district. but its a cheap nova-all the girls shop at target for the cheap shoes and all the early 20 dudes get in fights outside the pub house. shouldnt the gastro pub be in a mall-and why the hell would anyone want to sit outside. youre sitting outside a best buy. kill yourself columbia heights.

Andrew said...

thanks, borf

Anonymous said...

hands down, best burritos on 14th street are at Distrito Federal

Anonymous said...

You don't like it? Then move. I assume you're renting. Just go. Please.

I'm happy here, I've seen the crappy CH with shootings, muggings, crack, whores, the lot. And this CH is a hell of a lot better.

Regular working people have to eat. Pho 14 is my regular go to when I'm too tired to cook and so is TDF. I'm glad for this place and so are other people.

Radius used to be my go-to place for pizza but it started to suck so hard. If only Adam Express delivered...

Sterling Johnson said...

That's a really heinous comment.

Should there be a two-tiered system of rights based on ownership of property in a neighborhood?

Wherever I resided, I would try to make where I lived better. And every resident has a right to their opinion.

There is no landed gentry in the US, maybe you should move to another country where you'd feel more comfortable with elitist views.

I look forward to eating at more places like Pho 14, Nori, and Sticky Fingers, but also enjoying the amenities of Target, Best Buy and Starbucks. More eclectic shops will open in Columbia Heights and I look forward to those days.

techne said...


I'm happy here, I've seen the crappy CH with shootings, muggings, crack, whores, the lot. And this CH is a hell of a lot better.

Regular working people have to eat.


You like CH because it's not as bad as it used to be? I feel sorry for you.

I'll go to Chipotle a lot, actually, it's a better post-work dinner option than the others within a block of the metro stop. But there is nothing unique-feeling about that strip, not unlike Chinablock on 7th.

"Regular working people." Way to add to the class tensions, which you can already cut with a knife.

Piti said...

I saw the same sign yesterday walking home from work. I think Chiptole is a good option...granted I would love to see some new independent restaurants go in instead of all these chains. That Chipotle was supposed to be a Mediterranean Bistro. Distrito Federal does have good authentic burritos and tacos but sometimes I'm too lazy to walk all the way to Otis.

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Anonymous said...

Techne said:

I'll go to Chipotle a lot, actually, it's a better post-work dinner option than the others within a block of the metro stop.

Well then why are you complaining about it?

I, for one, am glad Chipotle is coming. I might even risk getting shot at the metro to get a burrito boll.

Leah said...

Definitely prefer Chipotle of all the other choices in CH.

Anonymous said...

How do we stop this?

Well, raise some money and open a place people will voluntarily go to. That's pretty much how it works .. even though in DC the answer is often to try for a ban on whatever you don't like.

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Anonymous said...

I'm psyched. I just had a dream about eating at chipotle. It's gonna be nice eating my burrito while a bunch of yuppies blog about how much it sucks.