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2 Burrito Chains Coming to Duluth

The Chipotle Mexican Grill chain has confirmed plans to open a location in Duluth, while competitor Qdoba Mexican Grill is already advertising for jobs in the city.

Chipotle's confirmation came via a Tweet from its official corporate account late Thursday night, saying the burrito chain would open in Duluth in early 2014.  The Tweet did not mention a location or exact opening date.

Rumors of Chipotle coming to Duluth have circulated for years.  In one prank, someone placed a sign outside of a closed restaurant claiming that Chipotle would be opening in that location.  Speculation increased in September when the developer of the Bluestone Lofts suggested that a burrito chain would be coming to the location near UMD.

A leasing specialist with BlueStone confirmed on Friday that the burrito chain opening there would be Qboda. Qdoba's website has a job listing for managers in Duluth, and says the restaurant will be "opening soon."

Both chains offer customers the opportunity to pick the ingredients for their supersized burritos in a concept similar to the Subway sandwich restaurant chain.

Mayor Don Ness reacted to the Chipotle news Friday morning on Facebook, saying it was a good thing but that he would continue to patronize a local business.  "My primary burrito supplier will continue to be in the heart of the Hillside, at the end of a beautiful walk down Chester Creek, coupled with a Starfire Ale at the Burrito Union," Ness wrote.

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