When Chipotle announced its plans to open a new Chipotle franchise in Atlanta, Atlanta’s city council was forced to hold a hearing about the potential move.
At the time, Atlanta was one of only two cities in the country to have no plans to develop a Chipotle restaurant.
The franchise, known as Chipotle Atlanta, was originally slated to open in 2021.
However, Atlanta voted to approve the development in late November, making it a bit more difficult for Chipotle to move forward.
The vote was controversial because Atlanta residents, many of whom are Latinos, are a minority in Georgia.
However a spokesperson for Chipotles owner Chipotle Restaurants told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the decision was made based on “community input.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been vocal about his support for Chipots development.
Reed has repeatedly called for more transparency in how cities are handling development, saying in an interview with Business Insider that he was “very, very happy” to see Chipotle moving forward in Atlanta.
Atlanta is a city that has struggled with diversity, and Chipotle was the first restaurant in the US to openly celebrate diversity.
The company also announced a diversity-in-training program that will help the Atlanta workforce.
Chipotle is also expanding into other cities, with plans to build a new restaurant in New York City, Atlanta, and other cities in 2019.
While the company is focusing on Atlanta, it has also made an effort to expand to other states.
Last month, Chipotle said it would open a franchise in Florida, a state that has been on the rise in the recent years.