Chipotle headed downtown to Washington and Meridian

March 26, 2013
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Chipotle IndyIt looks as though a fast-casual Mexican battle may be brewing downtown. Local retail brokers say Chipotle will occupy the first-floor space of a three-story retail and office building slated to fill the vacant lot at 6 E. Washington St. Right around the corner, at 9 N. Meridian St., is a Qdoba, where the Wheat Ridge, Colo.-based eatery has done quite well. How much business will Chipotle take from Qdoba?  Only time will tell. With 20 locations in the Indianapolis metro area, Qdoba has a larger presence than Chipotle, which boasts five local restaurants. Qdoba also is adding a second downtown location at CityWay. The new Chipotle would be the Denver-based chain's first downtown. Meanwhile, plans are progressing on developer Uptown Realty Investors’ project to fill the space on East Washington Street.  Bill Ehret, a real estate broker and partner with John Demaree, also owns the building next door that houses Jos. A. Bank and the seven-story McQuat Building, which the two have transformed into apartments with a first-floor retail space. The city’s Metropolitan Development Commission is set to consider the project on April 3. The architect on the new building is Axis.

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  • Just talked about this at lunch today
    A coworker and I walked to the downtown Qdoba today and were just talking about how we needed a Chipotle downtown. I personally like Qdoba better. How interesting that Chipotle is locating right around the corner from Q. Time will tell, indeed.
    • Both will Succeed
      I go to both equally. Each has their perks. Chipotle for the burrito's, Qdoba for the nachos! Hopefully, Chipotle will have more seating than Qdoba. I worked downtown for 5 years and avoided it because it was always too busy.
    • Yes!
      I've been wanting one for 8 years! Chipotle is way better for lunch/dinner than Qdoba. Qdoba only wins in the breakfast burrito category!
    • Steam your tortillas...or go Home!
      Until Chipotle steams their tortilla's they will always be second to QDoba!
    • gimme dat burrito bowl
      Every time i eat at qdoba i get sick, stopped doing so years ago, chipotle is more sustainable and uses better ingredients. For a much better product overall and much fresher using local produce, i hate that they have such a limited footprint all these years
    • Wondering
      I'm wondering if anyone has heard anymore news on this?
      • Sign's up
        The sign is on the building, but I don't know if they are open quite yet.

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      2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

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