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Chipotle to Burritofy Laemmle Complex

The popular burrito chain plans to open up shop on Lankershim Boulevard.

Chipotle Mexican Grill will soon be rolling and serving up its heavy duty burritos out of the same complex occupied by

The popular fast food chain signed a 10-year lease last Friday with Los Angeles Commercial Real Estate Group for the storefront next to the movie theater at 5240 Lankershim Boulevard, said firm CEO Eric Reuveni.

Chipotle Communications Director Chris Arnold said there is no firm opening date yet, but construction should begin within a month.

Or, as a sign on one of the property's windows reads, "Burritofication in progress."

Arnold added that it's uncertain whether the new Chipotle spot would also serve beer and margaritas.

LABornAndRaised August 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Love their veggie bowls! Better than an empty store front.
larry August 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Healthy , tasty food
Bob Peppermuller August 17, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Still waiting for a Chinese restaurant. I still remember the days of China Chef Wang.
LABornAndRaised August 17, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Chinese Deli down the street. Amazing Chinese food, for super cheap!
JAGR August 17, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Where is the chinese deli?? chinese deli? Lol Deli makes me think of jewish, italian or german food...
Jean Jeunet August 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Chinese deli is next to where the Blockbuster was at the 5 points intersection. I admit its an odd name, but killer flavors. Kung pao fish/ chicken or Orange fish/chicken is pretty good. They need more veggie options though.
Zombie Joe August 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Zombie Joes loves Chipotle Burritos!!! The best in town!
Zombie Joe August 17, 2012 at 09:56 PM
WAIT! Burritos in a Movie Theater? hmmmmm.... I'll sit in the back of the theater just in case.... LOL
Laura August 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I'm not a huge Chipotle fan (especially considering the abundance of taco joints in North Hollywood) but I'm very glad to see something taking the space.
Bob Peppermuller August 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I meant a real Chinese restaurant like Gourmet 88 in Burbank. Not some storefront take out joint. I got one of those around the corner from me.
Arin Mikailian (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Joe. The burritos aren't being sold in the theater. Chipotle is just going to operate out of the same building as the Laemmle.
irma glutz August 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I agree with Laura... not a Chipotle fan... too much rice and beans in their stuff... fresh fish, charbroiled chix and carnitas....like Poquito mas ...if it's only big enuf for a small storefront like that... Poquito mas has them beat hands down.. but I agree.. better than an empty storefront there... no.. free parking like in burbank and build actual safe, and well lit areas.... so more of the locals will feel safe...
Nicole August 19, 2012 at 06:02 PM
i contacted chipotle YEARS ago about opening up in noho commons, and while a guy who worked there named greg was very cool and gave me a coupon for a free burrito, he said the company had looked at the space and decided it wasn't for them. well, i'm glad they've changed their minds! and they need to hire me as a real estate consultant, obviously.
Laura August 19, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Yes, I think it says something good about the viability of the area, if they feel it's worth investing in the location. Now if we can just get Umami to move into Phil's Diner.
Bob Peppermuller August 19, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Umami. Might work. Eating area on small side. You don't want to mess with the original diner itself.
Laura August 19, 2012 at 10:15 PM
True. Original Umami on La Brea is quite small. And the diner's already been messed with - I'm sure they could keep the original structure intact while expanding the outside seating. Not that they're asking me, of course.
J. Ryan August 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Haha, weird, I did that too. And also contacted one of the three frozen yogurt places when Coldstone closed. Now that Chipotle's moving in I wouldn't be surprised.
Jessica August 21, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Id rather just drive to Burbank and park for free and go to the AMC
Jack M August 21, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Chipolte is not my first choice for a restaurant next to the Laemmle NoHo 7. Something more upscale would be my preference. Also NoHo could use a first class sushi bar. Not counting Tokyo Delves which Yelpers say has the worst Japanese food. As far as Phil's Diner goes, let's hope that someone takes it over soon. It's a shame to let it just sit there unused.
J. Ryan August 21, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I'd rather walk down the street for free and go to the Laemmle. To each their own.
David Keesey October 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Ha, Ha, Ha, so did I. I knew the District Mgr at the time who also said that it wasn't for them at the time. This was about 3 years ago. Great minds think alike!
Yvonne January 18, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I'm so excited that they are opening up here. I also love their food. I really like the fact it is next to the theater, i can either watch a movie and grab a bit or vice versa. It is convenient for me. Walking distance. Can't wait until they open.

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