17 Awesome Facts You Didn't Know About Chipotle

    FYI, it's pronounced chee-POAT-lay.

    1. Steven Ells, Chipotle's founder, started the first restaurant as a way to fund his dream of opening a fine-dining restaurant.

    2. You get about 70% more food if you order a burrito bowl with a tortilla on the side.

    3. On Halloween, Chipotle offers discounted "Booritos" to those who come dressed up.

    4. McDonald's was an investor in the company, before divesting in 2006.

    5. The minimalist, raw look of the first restaurant was due to having to create it on a budget.

    6. There are Chipotle coins floating around that are good for one free burrito.

    7. The music you hear in each restaurant has been cultivated by DJ Christopher Golub.

    8. It takes around 60 avocados to make one batch of fresh Chipotle guacamole.

    9. None of the restaurants are franchised, all being company owned.

    10. Want to order a burrito bowl on the go? There's an app for that.

    11. The company's "Food With Integrity" philosophy was created after owner Steven Ells read an article by writer Edward Behr.

    12. Chipotle is an official sponsor of both the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins.

    13. Seventy-five of the restaurants are equipped with solar panels, which generate 500 kilowatts of electricity.

    14. The chain decided not to sponsor a Boy Scouts of America event because it violated the company's non-discrimination policy.

    15. One of the not-so-secret menu items you can ask for nicely are nachos.

    16. If you're extra nice, you can order a quesadilla.

    17. And if you're super duper nice, you can order a quesarito, which is a burrito wrapped in a FREAKIN' QUESADILLA!