Neighbor-to-be has concerns about Mexican grill
A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant will be coming to Stuyvesant Plaza this summer, according a spokesperson for the restaurant chain, and at least one neighboring restaurant isn't happy about it.
The owner of Peaches, which is positioned next to the where Chipotle is to be located, is saying the chain is not in tune with the character of the plaza and will aggravate an already existing parking problem.
The restaurant will be in the location formally home to Different Drummer's Kitchen, and will be the third Chipotle to open up in the Capital District in addition to locations in Clifton Park and Latham.
According Chipotle spokeswoman Katherine Smith, construction on the location is scheduled to begin in May, and an opening is planned for late summer.
The dates are very fluid until we start construction and see what's involved, she said, adding that it usually takes 3 months for a location to open once work begins.
According to information from Chipotle, the restaurant embraces a "Food with Integrity" philosophy that includes using family farmed, hormone free and naturally raised meats and dairy products.
Smith said the company hopes to use local farm products to support its business.
"As the market grows we will be able to do that more easily," she said. "We are constantly looking for new farmer relationships."
Smith said since it was founded about ten years ago Chipotle has developed a huge following.
"I never heard of any quick service restaurant that has such a passionate following," she said.
The restaurant may, however, may get a cool reception from its neighbor when it comes to Stuyvesant Plaza.
Kathy Burbank, executive director of the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, said there were concerns about the number of restaurants in the area.
"I did speak to another restaurant in Stuyvesant Plaza, they were just concerned about the number of restaurants in Guilderland," she said.