November 18 2009, 11:23 AM
Denver is keeping up its end of the bargain when it comes to globalization. Not only can you get authentic sushi in Denver and a properly poured Guinness at a pub, you can now go to London and eat a belly-busting burrito at Chipotle. Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Incorporated has grown to more than 900 restaurants and is now expanding into Europe, reports the Denver Business Journal. The London restaurant will open on Charing Cross Road next April, writes Britain's Big Hospitality. "I think we'll be able to source beautiful ingredients from local and sustainable sources from the time we open in the UK, and establish sustainable supply chains elsewhere as we look at other European markets," says Chipotle Chairman/CEO Steve Ells. Additional London sites could be added next year, as well as locations in Paris and Munich. Chipotle seems recession-proof: For the first three quarters of this year, the company reported a 14.6 percent increase in revenue, up to $1.13 billion, notes the Nation's Restaurant News.