San Francisco City Planners Block Chipotle in the Castro

Chipotle at Sac Pride 2013If San Francisco city planners get their way, the Castro District won’t be getting a Chipotle restaurant. the Bay Area Reporter reports:

The burrito brawl has pit the city’s gay planning director John Rahaim against Steve Ells, the gay former San Francisco chef who founded the Denver-based chain in 1993 and is its chairman and co-CEO. Ells’ company last year announced plans to open a Chipotle outlet at the former Home restaurant space at the corner of Church and Market Streets. But reaction in the gay neighborhood was overwhelmingly negative. With a number of chain stores looking to open on prominent intersections along upper Market Street, neighborhood merchants and residents began to voice opposition to what they feared was a suburbanization of one of the city’s most famous neighborhoods.

Chipotle has been showing up at various gay pride events this year, but it is still a big chain…

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