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Coming in hot! Chipotle Mexican Grill opens in Georgetown

Ready to guac: Councilman Alan Maisel welcomed the new Chipotle Mexican Grill that opened at the Georgetown Shopping Center, along with, from left, Caitlyn Bianchi, Craig Susman, Sean Hamilton, and Stacey Fleming, on Ralph Avenue on Dec. 4.
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Georgetown just got a little spicier!

Bigwigs at fast-casual eatery Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tuesday cut the ribbon on the chain’s new location at Georgetown Shopping Center in front of locals and pols, who cheered the spot’s arrival in the neighborhood.

“I’m really happy about this,” said Georgetown Councilman Alan Maisel.

The pol’s Avenue N district office is a stone’s throw from the new Chipotle at the Ralph Avenue strip mall between Avenues K and L, and now he no longer must trek to his Manhattan workspace to savor its burritos and bowls, he said.

“My office is very close to here, Maisel said. “I don’t need to go to Manhattan for Chipotle anymore.”

The eatery employs 34 people, about one-third of whom are full-time, with many hailing from the borough — including its general manager Sean Hamilton, who lives in Marine Park.

Hamilton spent five months preparing for the job, training at the Chipotle outpost inside Kings Plaza Shopping Center, and learning alongside the company’s new-restaurant strategists Stacey Fleming and Caitlyn Bianchi, and its manager for the New York Metropolitan area, Craig Susman, who all attended the opening.

The Georgetown strip mall with ample parking made it a perfect spot for the new Chipotle, according to the general manager, who said customers often must compete for spots to grab grub from nearby locations at Kings Plaza and Flatbush Junction.

“People come for the brand and the food, but particularly because they don’t have to wait for parking like at Kings Plaza or at the junction, where there’s no parking either,” Hamilton said. “They’ve been waiting for something close, where they have parking.”

Following the ribbon cutting, local looky-loos popped into the eatery to check it out, including a couple from Canarsie not familiar with the chain or its cuisine.

“I’ve never eaten here but I’m going to try it for lunch,” said Cheryl Wiener, who swung by with her husband Albert.

An East New Yorker who receives physical therapy across the street from the restaurant, and stopped in for an avocado and pork taco on opening day, said she is thrilled there’s a new option for a quick bite in the neighborhood.

“It’s beautiful, and the staff is very nice. Everybody is nice when they first open up, but they’re very good,” said Geneva Ziglar.

Chipotle Mexican Grill at Georgetown Shopping Center (2179 Ralph Avenue between avenues K and L in Georgetown). Open daily from 10:45 am to 10 pm.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 6:00 pm, December 7, 2018
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DD from Georgetown says:
Good to the community.
Dec. 6, 3:23 pm

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