Viral Hit of the Summer?

As Mexican Grill sets to open in Dutchess, we look at how infectious this news really is.

To many, the possibility of a Chipotle hitting the Hudson Valley within the coming year is absolutely something to lick their lips at. However, taking into consideration that as of the end of this past January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that a total of 55 people were infected with a particular strain of E. coli that was linked back to the fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is this something that Fishkill really wants coming to town?

According to an agenda from a Town of Fishkill Planning Board meeting on April 14, plans were submitted for a 4,632-square-foot building in the Hudson Valley Town Centre to include both a Chipotle and a Five Guys restaurant. (The nearest current Chipotle is in Kingston.) And, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal, David Livshin, the managing agent for property owner Dutchess Holdings, LLC, believes the construction could be completed in about six months. 

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All this while as recently last November, Chipotle had to temporarily close 43 of its locations in Washington and Oregon, in response to an initial E. coli outbreak that oozed across several states like so much queso (not that Chipotle would touch the stuff). And then more infamously shuttered all of its franchises nationwide for one day shortly after the aforementioned FDA announcement.

Are we ready for Chipotle win back our trust? Haven’t our burrito loving hearts been broken enough? Worst case, Taco Bell boasts six franchises in the area surrounding Poughkeepsie. TB may lack its competitor’s quality and freshness, but at least it’s been a decade since their last E. coli outbreak.

A request for comment from the Fishkill Town Supervisor was not returned by press time.

Chipotle: “Welcome to the Fishkill fold!” or, “Not if my insides have anything to say about it.” Feel free to sound off in the comments below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter @HudsonValleyMag

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