Lack of Yearly City Inspection Delays Chipotle From Serving Beer, Margaritas

If you were wondering why the beer and margaritas haven't appeared yet on the menu at Chipotle's, here's your answer.

The management at is scheduled to appear before the city's liquor licensing board Monday night to explain why they haven't paid for their all-alcohol license yet.

and the state Alcohol Beverages Control Commission subsequently signed off on the permit as well in January. Chipotle's planned to sell Mexican beer and margaritas as it does at many of its other locations.

The eatery, however, never picked up its license nor paid for it.

It turns out it all has to do with a yearly inspection the city's building department is required to do, and which the Licensing Board would also need proof of before issuing the permit. A fire safety certificate was also missing.

Building Commissioner Kevin Goggin said Chipotle's fell off he and his staff's radar with other larger projects going on at the mall and neither he nor the restaurant's corporate managers realized there was a problem until recently.

Goggin said that once the inspection is completed -- it just had to be scheduled -- the matter should be resolved as far as his department is concerned.

Monday's hearing with the Licensing Board is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. in the basement conference room at , although board clerk Julie Rydzewski says the board has received a request from the company's attorney to delay the hearing until later this month so the issues can be resolved first.

Representatives for Oliveira's Steak House may also be in before the board to .


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