New Chipotle coming to Sunset Park draws concerns for neighboring business owners

A new commercial business in Sunset Park is drawing concern from residents who say that it could put small business owners in jeopardy.

News 12 Staff

Sep 4, 2020, 8:40 PM

Updated 1,355 days ago

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A new commercial business in Sunset Park is drawing concern from residents who say that it could put small business owners in jeopardy.
Along Fourth Avenue, there are multiple small shops and restaurants to choose from--offering everything from authentic Mexican food to a morning cup of coffee.
However, some residents tell News 12 they wonder why a new commercial restaurant is needed in their community. 
They say they are questioning whether it will be an ongoing trend of chain restaurants and what the effects will be on small businesses and restaurants that are struggling in these uncertain times amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
Jorge Muniz and Erlis Velasquez are longtime Sunset Park residents and say they’re upset that the neighborhood's former Burger King restaurant will become a Chipotle this winter. 
News 12 reached out to Chipotle for a statement and it responded with a statement that says in part, “We are excited to bring our responsibly sourced, classically cooked, real food to Sunset Park this winter. Chipotle is cultivating a better world through its local communities.”
Yunis says it’s important for Sunset Park residents to try and preserve the diversity that the community brings to Brooklyn.
 


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