Comments: Chipotle Yay, Chipotle Nay

The news this past week that Chipotle Mexican Grill was granted a use permit to move into the Payless ShoeSource space across from El Cerrito Plaza drew both boos and cheers, including our "Comments of the Week."

We generally select one reader comment to highlight as our Comment of the Week. On topics that elicit strongly divided opinions, however, we sometimes choose two comments to avoid appearing to favor one side. So it was for our April 19 article, "." The El Cerrito Planning Commission voted 6-0 Wednesday to grant a use permit for the popular chain to move into the building at San Pablo Avenue and Carlson Boulevard now occupied by , whose lease is not being renewed. The story prompted several comments, including our two Comments of the Week, from GT and John Stashik:


Boo! This is the east bay where we have authentic Mexican food. The last thing we need is another chain restaurant. The design of the entire Plaza is a disgrace, catering to giant corporations rather than being a nice space for the people.

John Stashik:

That would be a plus for El Cerrito. The chain is a cut above other fast food operators and quite successful.

  • Editor's note: We welcome reader comments on our articles. The Comment of the Week doesn't necessarily reflect the view of El Cerrito Patch. It's chosen according to what we believe will be of general reader interest. For other examples from our Comment of the Week series, please click .
Don Gosney April 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I found it interesting what one of the featured commenters wrote about the Plaza. I live on the other side of Richmond and travel to the Plaza several times each week to shop at many of the stores there--leaving my money and tax dollars in El Cerrito. If these same "disgraceful" stores were to relocate to Richmond, I would leave my money in Richmond and completely avoid El Cerrito. And even if the fares served by Chipotle are not to your liking, are we to be forced to visit only those restaurants of your choosing? When the residents of any city can bring forth the resources for alternative businesses to these "evil" corporations, then you can stand on your soap box and shout at the world but until then, perhaps you should be thankful that a business wants to come into your city to pay for your parks, your police and your new City Hall.
Wanda Berger April 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
The Plaza is a disappointing, cookie-cutter design, but it has reinvigorated the moribund area. As for Chipotle, I recall they were busted for hiring illegal aliens. Immediately afterward citizens and legal residents lined up to take employment, making a lie of the canard that these are jobs Americans won't do.
Beth Weil April 23, 2012 at 06:00 PM
This is the third time I've written this - is Chipotle moving out of Gilman to El Cerrito, or are they establishing an addition one?
Frank April 23, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Chipotle, welcome to El Cerrito!
emily fabian April 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I have lived here for 25 years. I am grateful for the Plaza as it replaced a really tired sad looking previous plaza. But the current plaza leaves a lot to be desired. It is so poorly designed and not pedestrian friendly. Driving in the parking lot is like bumper car mentality with real cars. But I shop there frequently and glad we have it. As for Chipotle, eh, come on down. The fare is better than Rubios. Don't know if Gilman is moving, but I doubt it.
Charles Burress (Editor) April 24, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I haven't heard anything about them leaving the Berkeley location, and I don't recall any mention of such a possibility at the El Cerrito Planning Commission meeting where the use permit for an El Cerrito outlet was approved. However, I don't know what their plans are. Perhaps you could ask Chipotle directly?


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