Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to open its Cleveland Park location in the first half of next year, a spokesman said.
The opening date for the restaurant at 3420 Connecticut Ave. is too far away to set a more specific date, spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email.
The Cleveland Park/Woodley Park Advisory Neighborhood Commission gave Chipotle its blessing Monday when it voted unanimously to support the chain’s application for a zoning exception to open its restaurant. Zoning regulations prohibit fast food restaurants in Cleveland Park.
The city’s Board of Zoning Adjustment will make the final decision on Chipotle’s exception, but city ordinance requires that body to give “great weight” to the ANC’s decision.
Chipotle’s BZA application describes the planned establishment as a fast-casual restaurant serving burritos, tacos and salads, with 28 seats. It will occupy the space that The Cereal Bowl left in November when it closed. Chipotle has nine locations in Washington, D.C., including ones in Woodley Park, Tenleytown and Glover Park.