Young and Hungry

Chipotle 10, Naysayers 0: ‘Fast Casual’ Chain Clears First Hurdle on Barracks Row

Capitol Hill is inching ever closer to its first burrito bowl. The Examiner reports that the planning and zoning committee of local Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B on Tuesday voted 10-0 in favor of a special zoning exemption that would allow ubiquitous Mexican eatery Chipotle to set up shop along 8th Street SE. Fast food restaurants are currently prohibited along the burgeoning restaurant corridor known as Barracks Row unless they first obtain a special permit. Chipotle has claimed it is not "fast food," per se, but rather "fast casual," which is supposedly something different. According to the Eastern Market Metro Community Association, which is cited in the Examiner report, the Chipotle deal also signals the death knell for neighboring takeout China Wall, which occupies the adjacent space and is "not expected to stay." A vote by the full ANC is scheduled for July 12 and a hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment is slated the following week.

Photo by Chris Shott

  • Blair

    Chipotle would not bring the first burrito bowl to the Hill. Ever heard of Burrito Brothers??

  • Clare

    It is my understanding that chipotle is occupying the space next to china wall. China Wall's possible departure is not a result of Chipotle's store opening. Let's make sure the facts are reported.

  • Chris Shott

    Yes, Clare, as stated in the blog post, China Wall occupies the adjacent space. Both spaces are in the same building, owned by the same company. Clearly, it seems, the landlord is in full shakeup mode, bringing in Chipotle and simultaneously bidding goodbye to China Wall.

  • Janine

    The Chipotle team not only called themselves "fast casual" but they also said they are a five star restaurant. This would make Chipotle the only true five star restaurant in Washington DC. Take that, Ciroc!