Chipotle will bring the popular vegetarian option to Southern California on Monday, June 3.
Los Angeles, May 16, 2013 – After testing a new vegetarian menu item called “Sofritas” in seven San Francisco Bay Area restaurants, then expanding into all Northern California locations, Chipotle Mexican Grill will launch Sofritas throughout Southern California on June 3, 2013, making the new menu item available in all California restaurants.
Sofritas, shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblanos, and a blend of aromatic spices, is made with organic, non-GMO tofu from Oakland, Calif. artisan producer, Hodo Soy. Chipotle expects Sofritas to appeal to vegetarian and vegan customers, as well as those looking for an exciting new taste.
“We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said Steve Ells, Chipotle founder, chairman and co-CEO. “Sofritas is a very
different kind of menu item, not just for Chipotle but for any fast food or fast casual restaurant. It was conceived with vegetarians and vegans
in mind, but it’s so delicious that we think it will have crossover appeal as well. It’s been well received in the initial test and Northern
California market, so we’re expanding throughout the state to give more people the opportunity to try it.”
Sofritas is available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads and can be combined with other signature ingredients, including white or brown cilantro-lime rice, pinto beans or vegetarian black beans, house-made salsas and guacamole, and cheese or sour cream.