News > Business

Chipotle begins UK expansion with Soho acquisition

By Luke Nicholls , 03-Jan-2012

Related topics: Business, Venues, Restaurants

Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle has acquired the former Otarian restaurant at 185 Wardour Street in London’s Soho.

Chipotle Soho is the Mexcan restaurant chain's third UK site

Chipotle Soho is the Mexcan restaurant chain's third UK site

The Soho restaurant will be Chipotle’s third site in the UK, with existing restaurants in Charing Cross Road and Baker Street. The purchase forms part of the chain’s UK expansion plans .

 

Great corner location

 

"Chipotle is a fantastic brand with strong values centered around food with integrity,” said Thomas Rose, associate in the Cushman & Wakefield Leisure & Restaurant team, which advised Otarian on the deal.

 

“It will be a real asset to the growing restaurant scene in Soho. This site is in a great corner location, ideal for Chipotle's requirements for quality sites in Central London.”

 

Serving burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads, Chipotle operates over 1,100 sites in the US and is known for its commitment to serving fast food made from sustainably sourced ingredients, and prepared via traditional cooking methods. The chain opened its first UK site on London’s Charing Cross Road in May 2010 .

 

Chipotle Soho will join the likes of Wahaca , the Mexican street food restaurant concept owned by Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, in Wardour Street.

 

Otarian closure

 

Last year, BigHospitality reported that Otarian, the US-based fast-casual vegetarian restaurant chain, decided to pull out of the UK just a year after launching its first restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue .

BigHighlights

Michael Warren on heading up Harbour Hotels, his Hotel du Vin experience and why no two days are the same in hospitality
Small talk

Michael Warren on heading up Harbour Hotels, his Hotel du Vin experience and why no two days are the same in hospitality

Michael Warren spent 17 years at Hotel du Vin and Malmaison, helping with the development and expansion...

People on the Move in Hospitality: August 2014

People on the Move in Hospitality: August 2014

We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past...

60-Second Skill with Nigel Haworth: finely chopped onion

60-Second Skill with Nigel Haworth: finely chopped onion

Being able to chop finely is an essential skill if you want to make sauces or stocks...

Dish Deconstucted: José Pizarro's roasted monkfish with Serrano ham, black olives and thyme

Dish Deconstucted: José Pizarro's roasted monkfish with Serrano ham, black olives and thyme

At the recent Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, chef and restaurateur José Pizarro revealed the method behind a dish full...

Infographic: How to handle angry customers

Infographic: How to handle angry customers

Dealing with angry customers can be one of the most difficult, stressful and challenging parts of working...

Joanne Barratt: Pearls of Wisdom
Pearls of Wisdom

Joanne Barratt: Pearls of Wisdom

QHotels’ group operations manager talks about how important a strong team culture is in maintaining excellent standards...

Find us on Facebook

Digital Edition - Restaurant Magazine

Access to the Restaurant Magazine digital edition