If there is a secret menu at the new Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lincolnshire, you will have to find out for yourself. Officially, the quesarito does not exist.
But the restaurant chain’s new interior layout has officially existed in the City Park development since July 10. The menu offers the same short list of burritos, salad bowls, chips and guacamole, while village officials consider the restaurant’s application for a liquor license.
The seating area now includes low-hanging lights, low-rise stools, large music speakers built into plain wood walls, and no more sheet metal.
Matt Baer, a Chipotle marketing strategist, said the chain — known for heavily marketing its environmentally friendly and nutritionally sound angles — is pushing the new appearance over its now-15-year-old standard layout.
But will the staff make the quesarito? Rumored to have originated somewhere on the West Coast, the quesarito is a complete Chipotle burrito with the extra soft shell and cheese layer of a quesadilla wrapped around it.
The “secret” item became so popular that Taco Bell launched it as a special product last month.
Will the Lincolnshire cooks offer the hybrid delicacy? Baer can only say that Chipotle’s official offerings might never change.
“That is not a menu item,” he said. “I’ll leave it at that.”