Better get your Burrito Bowl while you can. Chipotle is closing all of its stores for a single day to deal with the fact that its food is giving people E. coli and salmonella. If you can’t live without your extra side of guac, find out when the shutdown is going down so you can prepare.
Some people love Chipotle to death — and while no one has died from eating the restaurant’s food, plenty of people have gotten sick as of late. To combat the E. coli and salmonella in its burritos and tacos, Chipotle has decided to close its doors and take care of this problem!
For fans of Chipotle, D-Day (or in this case, C-Day) is Feb. 8. That is when every single Chipotle restaurant will close for a few hours to hold staff meetings about food safety, according to CNN. So, it won’t be for a whole day — you can still get your fill of carnitas and sofritas, so long as your lunch break isn’t the same time as the meeting.
Chipotle has been serving an extra side of food poisoning with its meals, which has caused more than a stomachache. The United States attorney for the Central District of California issued a subpoena against Chipotle as part of a criminal investigation over a Aug. 2015 outbreak of the norovirus that affected dozens of customers.
64 customers in Minnesota were infected with Salmonella that month, and E. coli outbreaks hit stores in October. On top of that, 140 students from Boston College fell ill with the disease in December after eating at a local chain, according to CNN. If you can’t get enough Chipotle but don’t want to risk getting sick, you can recreate your favorite recipes at home with Delicious Restaurant Copycat Recipes, a cookbook you can buy from Amazon.
This meeting on Feb. 8 should help show customers that Chipotle is serious — almost, deadly serious — when it comes to food safety. “I’m confident we’ll recover from this and win back our customers,” Chipotle founder and co-Chief Executive Steve Ells said at an investor conference on Jan. 13, according to USA Today.
Chipotle may be making people sick to their stomachs, but the food chain has a special place in Khloe Kardashian’s heart. She and her boyfriend, James Harden, hit up a Houston branch of the restaurant in Aug. 2015. Romance always tastes better with a side of pico de gallo, doesn’t it?
Do you still eat at Chipotle, HollywoodLifers? Will you go there after this Feb. 8 meeting?