Chipotle Mexican Grill is Coming to Former Hollywood Video Location

With the OK of the Los Gatos Planning Commission and Town Council, national burrito chain restaurant could open this fall.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to the former Hollywood Video location at the corner of Los Gatos Boulevard and Blossom Hill Road.

Now that town officials have approved its conditional-use permit, the restaurant could open as early as October at 640 Blossom Hill Rd., according to Chipotle spokesman Alex Pong.

The national burrito chain restaurant will be close to Una Mas, Baja Fresh and Taco Bell on Los Gatos Boulevard and High Tech Burrito on Blossom Hill Road. There's also Two Pesos Taqueria on Pollard Road.

Colorado-based Chipotle Mexican Grill spokesman Chris Arnold declined to discuss specifics about the Los Gatos location saying the company doesn't usually comment until a lease is signed and a construction schedule has been approved.

Pong said in January that the Los Gatos location is scheduled to open in early October 2012 and it will be around 3,000 square feet.

"We appreciate the opportunity to serve this great area and share the Chipotle experience with the community there," Pong said.

On April 11, the Los Gatos Planning Commission unanimously approved the restaurant's conditional-use permit.

The restaurant will open on the former Hollywood Video location. The applicant, Harlan Faust, is requesting to operate a 40-seat capacity eatery that will include the sale of beer and margaritas with meals. Its hours of operation would be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, according to a staff report.

Chipotle would also offer outdoor seating between the restaurant and the parking lot. However, no alcohol services would be served in that area.

Town officials have not received any written comments opposing the opening of the business, whose property owner is Blossom Hill Pavilion LLC, which is headquartered in Los Altos.

"The proposed uses of the property are essential or desirable to the public convenience or welfare in that it contributes to a variety of commercial goods and services along Los Gatos Boulevard for town residents," according to findings included in the report.

The restaurant will be allowed to deliver food between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Chipotle has offered to offset traffic impacts created by the project to grade a portion of the parking lot to allow cars to pull further into the parking spaces which could reduce the difficult traffic circulation in the parking lot as a community benefit.

The restaurant will still have to obtain a building permit to alter the existing Hollywood Video building, and obtain separate permits for electrical, mechanical and plumbing work.

Uniformed privately provided security guards may be required in or around the primises by Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police if alcohol-related problems recur that are not resolved by the owner, the report stated.

The restaurant operator shall also actively promote a designated driver program such as complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers and the posting of Taxicab numbers in visible locations.

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Stephanie Bennett May 08, 2012 at 06:40 PM
While I've heard and seen the information about Chipotle using "fresh and organic" ingredients, recycled napkins, etc...I am not a big fan of another establishment which compels people to replace a home cooked meal. I read the following statistics today from the Washington AP: Today, just over a third of U.S. adults are obese. By 2030, 42 percent will be, says a forecast released Monday...Worse, the already obese are getting fatter. Severe obesity will double by 2030, when 11 percent of adults will be nearly 100 pounds overweight, or more, concluded the research led by Duke University. I don't think this helps...we need to eat at home, be aware of what we are cooking and eating and control our portion sizes...not have another choice of where to eat something large enough to feed 2-3 people.
yayapap May 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
There is no disagreement with you about the problem of obesity in America. However, I eat at Chipotle, on occasion, and do not believe their portions are too large. I've been cooking for more than 50 years and love going out to dinner, whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Larry Arzie May 08, 2012 at 08:43 PM
There are a lot of reasons to deny this project, we did not have to be at the Council Chambers with pitch forks, but ultimately the decision was correct for better or worse. For better, it gives the residential neighborhood an additional choice. It would have been even better if they located at the Trader Joe's center in stead of AAA who could have located anywhere. Timing is everything I guess. For worse, there is just not enough parking at the proposed Chipotle location, the entrances and exists are within feet of a traffic light on the blvd. and a four lane road (Blossom Hill Rd) without a medium. Hmmm not very good planning there. I'll continue to get my low cal. snacks at Happy Hound where I can make my escape through the neighborhoods instead of crossing over 2 lanes to turn left.
Sandra Vaurs May 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Chipotle's food is very tasty, but one of their burritos are enough for two people. Take the second half home for another meal. Una Mas' portions are just right for me; smaller portions and smaller bills.
Jeanne Rajabzadeh May 08, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I would have liked to have seen some other type of restaurant in the location, as we already have several that serve the same type of food. Maybe the lease is too expensive for a Mom and Pop owned business. Chipotle does serve good quality food, I'm sure it will be popular with students from Fisher and Los Gatos HS.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz May 09, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Looking forward to that place to come to Los Gatos, CA!
Lenny Foster May 09, 2012 at 05:45 AM
The market will determine who comes and goes.
Frank da tank November 16, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I can easily eat 2 chipotle burritos and I have the form of a 6-3 Greek demigod. Speak for yourself about the portion sizes...


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