Foodservice Equipment Reports

Chipotle Slates L.A. For Next ShopHouse

ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen is going bicoastal. The concept, which parent Chipotle Mexican Grill debuted in Washington, D.C., in 2011, will open its first unit in Los Angeles early next year. The West Coast store will be the chain’s third ShopHouse location; Chipotle is currently building a second store in the nation’s capital.

“While building Chipotle remains our primary growth strategy, we’ve seen great interest in ShopHouse in Washington,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO at Chipotle. “People are liking the flavors and textures of Southeast Asian food, and we think Los Angeles will be a great market for us.”

ShopHouse follows the same model as Chipotle, including its cooking techniques and counter-service design, and serves a fusion of flavors from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.