Not So Fast (Food)
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 19th January 2017

August 28, 2014 8:34 am ET

Guess who may not be joining Mr. Wineberg for dinner?

Source: Not So Fast (Food)

The ringing of the dinner bell typically means that the meal is ready to be served.

But, in this case, not quite. It seems an overdone bird may have flown the coop (or oven) over a cooked deal.
Then again, the county is well known for its cuisine of meals covered in “grease” … well, you know what I mean.

Now according to a Sun article dated August 19, 2014, Vanguard stated that three restaurant chains—Chipotle, Panera, and Five Guys—are among the tenants looking to call the North Point Government Center home.

The article went further with the following quote: “Chipotle, Panera and Five Guys are negotiating letters of intent to locate in the development at Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue, according to county officials and Vanguard.”
Now, with that being said, the butler has a different story.

Not that I’m saying that the butler gave me a morsel of a tip. Rather, I actually called said restaurants based on actual scuttlebutt from a well-known community leader who fell in love and moved to Middle River.

Before I could finish my coffee, I received the following emails from the corporate headquarters of Chipotle:

“A couple of things on this. First, we don’t franchise (all of our restaurants are company owned and operated), so we don’t have franchises going anywhere.

With regard to Dundalk, we don’t discuss plans for specific locations until we have space under lease and construction scheduled. At this time, I don’t see anything in that location that meets those criteria.

To be clear, that isn’t to say that a landlord is misrepresenting anything. It’s only to say that there isn’t anything there that meets the criteria that are required before we will talk about plans for a specific location.”

Chris Arnold | Communications Director
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
1401 Wynkoop Street, Suite 500, Denver CO 80202
direct 303.222.5912

That’s when I decided to make another inquiry, after which I received this email reply. After all, I had to be sure that my ducks were in a row, or in the oven, as the case may be:


Thank you for being such a fan and for reaching out to us. I hate to be the killer of burrito dreams but it does not look like we have anything going for Dundalk yet. I am sorry to disappoint but I will definitely note that we need one in the 222 fast!

Thanks for being such a fan,

Customer Service Consultant
Chipotle Mexican Grill

That sure doesn’t sound like Chipotle is moving on up to the east side…

I’m waiting on a message from Panera, but I also found this information on the Five Guys website, via another community leader. (You have to love those leaders…)

Marketing Available for Development

We are pleased to announce that we are sold out in the United States and Canada.

Now, when Five Guys says that they are sold out, I don’t think they are talking about hamburgers. The word here is franchise.

There you have it, folks. So, when we’re looking at who’s coming to dinner, it seems that the guests may either be late or not show up at all.

And who could blame them for skipping out on the hash the host is serving.

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