SF Appeal Weekend Poll: Do We Want A Chipotle At Church And Market?

A Denver based chain restaurant wants to move into a highly-visible Market Street location. Will San Francisco’s notorious set of barriers to chain retail keep this project from moving forward, or will San Franciscans soon be enjoying fast-casual burritos as they wait for the J Church?

This week, Grub Street’s Jay Barmann penned a thorough assessment of restaurant chain Chipotle‘s efforts to move into the former Home restaurant at Church and Market.

The franchise, which launched in 1993, has 1,430 locations across the country. Nine of those are in San Francisco.

There are petition drives against and for a Chipotle at this location, which San Franciscans will recall was once a Boston Market.

Which side of the issue do you fall on?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • YouKnowWhoOrMaybeNot

    One longs for the days of Church Street Station, where you could get a decent burger served at 4am by a wise old drag queen if you so desired. I’m not crazy about the idea of yet another bland Chipotle there, but then again, maybe any active business would be better than letting the place just rot away without a tenant.

  • YouKnowWhoOrMaybeNot

    One longs for the days of Church Street Station, where you could get a decent burger served at 4am by a wise old drag queen if you so desired. I’m not crazy about the idea of yet another bland Chipotle there, but then again, maybe any active business would be better than letting the place just rot away without a tenant.

  • A_lawyer_who_knows

    Chipotle is arguably the most nutritious and most socially responsible restaurant chain on earth.

    Its cheap. They have vegetarian options. Customers sort their own recycling on site.

    If Jerry Brown came down from on high and waved his magic wand to create the perfect California restaurant chain, this is it.

    (please ban McDonald’s while you’re at it Jerry, lol)

  • A_lawyer_who_knows

    Chipotle is arguably the most nutritious and most socially responsible restaurant chain on earth.

    Its cheap. They have vegetarian options. Customers sort their own recycling on site.

    If Jerry Brown came down from on high and waved his magic wand to create the perfect California restaurant chain, this is it.

    (please ban McDonald’s while you’re at it Jerry, lol)

  • jvw

    What makes Chipotle think it’s going to thrive in that space? Has any restaurant lasted more than two years there?

  • jvw

    What makes Chipotle think it’s going to thrive in that space? Has any restaurant lasted more than two years there?