Chipotle Mexican Grill Opening New Location In San Diego's Lake Murray Area

November 30, 2023

A new branch of global chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening next year in San Diego's Lake Murray neighborhood. 

Founded by Steve Ells in Denver, CO, in 1993, Chipotle expanded to 16 restaurants around Colorado before the McDonald's Corporation became a major investor in 1998. Now with over 4,000 company-owned locations around the globe, including 15 in San Diego County, Chipotle had nearly $9 billion in revenue in 2022 and is on track to surpass it this year. 

Chipotle has taken over the space previously occupied by a Carl’s Jr. within the San Carlos Village Shopping Mall for its first location in San Diego's Lake Murray neighborhood. The location will feature a "Chipotlane" drive-thru window and offer a menu of customizable burritos, bowls, tacos, salads, and quesadillas. The new location will also have a beer and wine license. 

The newest San Diego Chipotle Mexican Grill is expected to open in spring 2024 at 8856 Navajo Road in Lake Murray. For more information, visit