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Chipotle Opens in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito,
04:36AM / Friday, August 05, 2022
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There is a new taco in town.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened in Taco Bell's former location in Berkshire Crossing on Thursday. To mark the occasion, the first 50 people in line received merchandise from the chain restaurant.

Shortly after its doors opened, the eatery was buzzing with customers.

"We have received great feedback from other Chipotle locations surrounding the area and think Pittsfield’s burrito fan would be thrilled to have their own Chipotle location," Spokesperson Sally Evans said.

Along with a modern renovation of the building, there is a "Chipotlane" drive-thru lane that allows customers to retrieve digital orders from their cars.

There is now a variety of Mexican-inspired choices in the area, as Taco Bell built a new location across the street on Dalton Avenue.

About a year ago, the Conservation Commission approved a notice of intent from Chipotle for the proposed redevelopment of the former Taco Bell that was built in the 1980s.

It was reported that the site would remain "relatively unchanged" with aesthetic changes but no alternation in square footage and some infrastructure improvements were proposed.

Chipotle is a fast, casual dining eatery that specializes in bowls, tacos, burritos, and salads made in front of the customer. The chain prides itself on using no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and serving fresh food.

The location is still hiring and plans to employ around 25 people.  Benefits include a debt-free college degree program, access to healthcare, and vacation and sick time.

It is open every day from 10:45 a.m to 10 p.m.

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