I’m writing this article on Chipotle, and I can’t help but think how nice a little midnight chicken burrito would taste. I love this place. Minimalist. Exposed. Clean. And. Green. Ever notice the fact that no two Chipotle Restaurants look alike? They put their restaurants in all sorts of locations, old and new. We just got a new one in an old building, but the restaurant is nice. It’s fantastic. Their napkins are made of recycled content, and if my memory serves correctly, I remember reading on one of their cups that they source their beans fair trade. But that’s not all.
The 801 Congress Avenue location of Chipotle in Austin received 4-stars under the Green Building Rating system in 2004. This location (interior images below) has a tankless water heater, high-efficiency HVAC, low-maintenance durable recycled finishes and materials, water-based sealants, non-toxic cleaning supplies, etc. They also used a construction recycling program when doing the build-out, too, which diverted a lot of materials from the land fill. Word is, Chipotle will eventually work into the LEED Portfolio program. I just hope they continue to build on the minimalist green theme as they continue to grow!