A Chipotle is slated to open up next to the recently opened Starbucks in Melrose.
A Chipotle is slated to open up next to the recently opened Starbucks in Melrose.

Here comes the wave of generic, not-so-unique chains.

According to construction workers at The Melrose Building at 260 East 161st Street where a Starbucks just recently opened, the popular fast food chain Chipotle is coming.

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Although we were unable to confirm this with the food chain or management at 260 East 161st Street, plenty of construction workers at the space confirmed that indeed Chipotle was coming to Melrose.

While some may rejoice that it’s an alternative to all the fast food and fried chicken places in the area, Chipotle is not necessarily much better when it comes to eating healthy. A typical chicken with burrito with the usual toppings and a side of chips comes out to 3.5 servings and 1,850 calories—something which most have no problem scoffing down in one sitting. If you’re a sedentary male, the US Department of Agriculture recommends 2,000-2,600 calories per day and if you’re active the number goes to 2,400 to 3,000. For women it’s less: 1,800 to 2,200 calories for sedentary women and 2,000 to 2,400 calories for women if they’re active.

The Burrito Bowl isn’t much better with an average of 200 less calories than above.

So yes, many will rejoice at the fact that there will be another dining option but let’s be real: It’s a more expensive selection of unhealthy food even if you are getting a bit more fiber and veggies, the saturated fats and sodium alone is worrisome.

Give me any of the many authentic Mexican restaurants in the South Bronx and Melrose anytime.

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