September 19th, 2012 | City

For real this time: Chipotle opening in New Haven

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Photo by Joseph Tisch.

At long last, Chipotle is coming to New Haven.

Yes, you read right: a work permit posted at the former location of Caffé Bottega, 900 Chapel Street, says that a Chipotle Mexican Grille will fill the space. It’ll be at the intersection of Chapel and Temple Streets, a block from Old Campus, just down the street from Shake Shack on the New Haven Green.

There’s no sign of current construction at the restaurant, and Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

Chipotle is known for its high-quality “fast casual” burritos and Mexican food. Headquartered in Denver, the restaurant first opened in 1993 and currently operates over 900 locations nationwide. The closest location is in Milford, and students have been clamoring for a Chipotle in New Haven for years now.

We’ll get back to you with more news on the restaurant’s opening as it comes in.