The three restaurants had opened May 2. The two other locations (South Street Seaport in New York City, and Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles) were closed June 14 and 15, respectively, to the surprise of Jamawn, who had found out about the first closing in an email hours after having put in an offer for a home in Lakeville, Minn. He was to have had a year-long management training program at the MOA store. Jamawn first heard that he won the competition about two weeks before the restaurants opened. The three finalists on the TV show had been kept in the dark on who had won, and alternate endings to the program had been filmed.
I did a double take when I read that. Looks like Steve Ells' Chipotle restaurant 'gnomes' took the concept and developed it with out him.
They pulled the plug in 2 months? Seriously? I think that might be a bit soon to judge a place's viability. Any ideas/rumors/facts on what went on? Might be interesting to know why Ells dumped his stock in ANGR Holdings on Chipotle. I keep wondering how they could have screwed up so bad, these are professional and successful restaurant people. Then I remember they brought the waffles, but forgot the fried chicken.
Soul Daddy employees were given referrals to a Chipotle recruiter