NAPLES — Today’s the day many local fanatics have been impatiently awaiting for years. Chipotle Mexican Grill opens its first area location today.
Lines are expected this morning ahead of the 11 a.m. grande opening of the popular burrito chain’s new location at 9100 Strada Place in Mercato, located off U.S. 41 North near Vanderbilt Beach Road. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The opening of the company's long-awaited North Naples location was delayed for a few months, and comes more than two years after Mercato signs announced it was “coming soon.”
Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first restaurant in 1993 and operates about 1,000 restaurants today. Until today, the nearest Chipotle to Naples was more than 100 miles away on U.S. 41 in Sarasota.