Reader: Why would Chipotle raise prices in its home state?

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The original Chipotle store.
From its modest start in an old Dolly Madison ice cream store, Steve Ell's Chipotle Mexican Grill has grown into a very big deal, with over 1,500 stores around the world. And lately it's been making some very big news: Chipotle is being attacked from the outside, as the focus of another gun fight; on the inside, the Chipotle board just voted against a $25 million annual package for Ells and another manager. And here at home, where the original is still slinging burritos for the University of Denver neighborhood, Chipotle locations have raised prices -- and some customers are raising a stink.

See also:
Chipotle raises prices, but only in Denver so far

Says Melissa:

I don't understand why they would raise prices in the state that made Chipotle relevant rather than in subsidiary markets. Bad business in my opinion. I can deal with rising prices, but they have gotten so skimpy on the food too, it's a double whammy. The tortillas are smaller, less rice, meat, cheese, etc. Shame, shame Chipotle.

But then there's this from Marcus:
It is a higher quality of food, stop whining. Prices only go up, not down. The consumers will absorb the cost. They always will.
What do you think of Chipotle? Post your thoughts below -- or join the conversation already under way here.




Location Info

Chipotle Mexican Grill

1644 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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36 comments
Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

More evidence the government continues to lie about the actual inflation rate. Remember: the prices aren't rising. The dollar is tanking.

Steven Strothoff
Steven Strothoff

I don't understand the hype... you pay $7-10 for beans, meat, and cheese. It is a joke for what you pay for.

Mark Moss
Mark Moss

They are Anti - 2nd Amendment, and raising their prices ... screw them.

Dom Panic
Dom Panic

Better question: why would you eat at chipotle with all the amazing authentic Mexican food in Denver?

TheJeff
TheJeff

Love all of the comments from those who follow a restaurant blog for some reason, but believe all meals should be made at home because their own food is better.


Stewart Hurtado
Stewart Hurtado

Homemade is the best, or at least eat where they make real Mexican food! Ate it once and will never go back. It was awful.

Rhonda Gonzales
Rhonda Gonzales

Sarah Levy, they put one here in Norman Oklahoma about 6 months ago, right across the street from a Qdoba.

Steve Potts
Steve Potts

Err.... Chipote and Noodles and Company ARE the same company, folks!

Jason Galvin
Jason Galvin

all of you are complaining about 25 cents. ever heard of penny wise and dollar dumb?

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

What,Not another really stupid remark from a Westword reader.

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

Because Steve Ellis , pres. has decided his current wealth is not enough. He won't pay the increase in avocados/ he lies about using hormone free beef when he strated with hormone laden beef and all his money is not enough. I guess other Denver restaurants are whipping is pathetic lying butt.

Tim Jancar
Tim Jancar

Ask Monte to take less than the $25 million he makes a year so they won't need to raise prices.

Susanna Inanna Rhc
Susanna Inanna Rhc

Chipotle is gross! I wouldn't pay anything for that if I was starving. Make your own food at home. No one will spit or pee or blow their nose in it.

Don Irons
Don Irons

Noodles and company is a much better option.

Jake Bormann
Jake Bormann

They have to pay for all those compulsory donations to Moms Demand Action to save face with the gun-grabbers in the mainstream media. We can't have bad press about them following state and local laws, we have to henpeck them into victim disarmament.

Dave Cleland
Dave Cleland

because they figure they can and people will buy it no matter what here

Seth Schurman
Seth Schurman

I Love chipotles' pig lard queso barbacoa crème frais fundido sauce

Eric Basquez
Eric Basquez

I like how people complain about the cost... fast food places are charging two dollars less for food that should not be eaten. I will say the portions are slightly smaller, but people should be eating less anyways. The quality is always the same, and food prices everywhere have gone up. Expect all places that serve meat to raise prices soon.

Kris Cordero
Kris Cordero

Illegal Pete's for the win. Queso and green chile.

John J. Wood
John J. Wood

With plenty of good Mexican restaurants, why would you waste yourself on Chipotle, Taco Crap and fast food garbage?!

Matt Cobos
Matt Cobos

Higher prices and skimpier bowls have stopped me from going lately.

Jim Earl
Jim Earl

Who cares they lost my business.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... try open-carrying your Assault Rifle in those places.

TheJeff
TheJeff

They are not related in any way.


ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Illegal Pete's has the most boring, uninteresting menu and food.

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