Chipotle opens at Lincoln Mall

Chipotle opens at Lincoln Mall

Less than 24 hours before opening day of the Chipotle at Lincoln Mall, apprentice Laura Graham and general manager Cameron Ossing said they’re excited to become part of the community in Lincoln. (Breeze photo by Nicole Dotzenrod)
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LINCOLN – Calling all burrito lovers: Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its newest store at the Lincoln Mall on Tuesday.

The fast casual-style eatery serves up Mission-style burritos, tacos and other Mexican-American cuisine. The new restaurant is part of a new building recently erected on the Lincoln Mall property between McDonald’s and Santander Bank.

Chipotle’s general manager, Cameron Ossing, and apprentice Laura Graham were at the restaurant Monday preparing for opening day, while crews trained the store’s future employees. During the course of Monday’s training, the restaurant had to turn away nearly 300 people who noticed the activity happening inside.

Graham said her hope for the restaurant is to be a “staple of the community.”

“I’m excited to welcome the people of Lincoln here,” she said, and to provide a place for people to come for a good meal, as well as opportunities for employment for number of local residents. With Black Friday coming, Graham said Chipotle looks forward to feeding a lot of people who visit the shopping plaza, including store employees and hungry shoppers.

Chipotle will be open daily from 10:45 a.m. to 10:05 p.m.

“We stay open for an extra five minutes to give the stragglers some time to get in … the people who are caught in traffic and arrive in the parking lot at 9:58,” she said.

In the same building as Chipotle, another restaurant is aiming to open by the end of the month. IHOP is currently building out its space and is planning to open before Thanksgiving, according to Lincoln Building Official Roger Pierce. First founded in 1958, IHOP is best known for its pancakes, but serves up a variety of other breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes.

Prior to opening, Pierce will do a final inspection on the breakfast restaurant. He said the Rhode Island Department of Health will also need to complete an inspection of the space at 622 George Washington Highway.

According to the restaurant’s page, the restaurant is a “family owned and operated small Rhode Island business. Our mission is to create local jobs, serve great cooked-to-order food and provide service that goes beyond expectations to all our guests – while being an active part of the community.”