Chipotle faces liquor license opposition

Chipoltle's tantilizingly details-free sign on Thayer

Those of you following every last development in the three-year-long Thayer St. Chipotle saga (we know you’re out there) have probably already noticed this sign gracing the building across from the Brown Bookstore. But while the burrito chain is set to open this fall, it’s met yet more opposition from its future neighbors. The restaurant, which had applied for a license to sell liquor until 2:00 am, met with opposition from businesses, homeowners, and the cops–as well as our very own Brown University.

According to the ProJo, “Marisa A. Quinn, a Brown vice president, said in a letter that yet another liquor license in the area will cause more consumption of alcohol and more incidents of disorderly conduct.” Ten restaurants on Thayer currently hold liquor licenses.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Chipotle backed down, offering a compromise in which it would stop serving liquor at 11:00 pm. The issue goes before the Board of Licenses again on August 25, but at this point it looks like those who want to wash down their burrito with a sweet and salty margarita will have to stop by pre-fiesta.

— Emma Berry

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