Dining With Denise Neil

A Chipotle with a drive-up window set to open later this year in Wichita

A review of the new queso at Chipotle

(FILE VIDEO -- 2018) Denise Neil and her supposed queso expert husband Travis Heying review the new queso at Chipotle.
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(FILE VIDEO -- 2018) Denise Neil and her supposed queso expert husband Travis Heying review the new queso at Chipotle.

Wichita is about to add a Chipotle, and this one will be the first in town with a “Chipotlane.”

Wichita’s sixth Chipotle is already under construction at 21st and Amidon, at the spot in New Leaf Plaza where the old Payless ShoeSource building was demolished.

Chipotle regional manager Drew Sell, who will open the store, said that if construction stays on track, it should be ready by December.

It will have the newest Chipotle design, Sell said, and it will be the only Chipotle in the area to have one of the chain’s new drive-up windows. That’s not the same as a drive-through, he said. It’s designed for people who have ordered in advance online or via their mobile apps and want to pick up their food without getting out of their cars.

ICT Capital is the developer involved in the project.

The last time Chipotle opened a restaurant in Wichita was 2012, when a new one opened at 7130 W. Maple. Derby added a Chipotle four years ago.

The other Wichita Chipotle restaurants are at Kellogg and Rock, at 29th and Rock, at 21st and Maize and at Central and Hillside.

Stay tuned for updates on construction.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.
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