Is Chipotle a Franchise? I get this question often and the answer is... No. All of Chipotle's restaurants are company-owned. There are over 900 Chipotle restaurants in the US and Canada. Chipotle opened their first European restaurant last month in London. Chipotle restaurant is known for its large burritos and use of natural ingredients. The company has released a mission statement called Food with Integrity, which highlights its efforts in using organic ingredients, and serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant.
From 1998 to 2006, McDonald's Corporation owned a majority interest in Chipotle but they still do not franchise and currently do not offer any Chipotle franchises. All of Chipotle's 900+ restaurants are company-owned, rather than franchised.