If you stand and order your food at a counter, pay for it and then go to a table and eat it as opposed to sitting down at a table and ordering from a waiter, it's fast food. They seem to do it "Subway style" based on this from their Wiki page:Chipotle has been sued for failure to obey the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as a customer who used a wheelchair was unable to see the food preparation, denying him the "Chipotle Experience". The case against the company was upheld in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (aka the Ninth Circus), and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Chipotle's appeal, leaving the 9th's Circuit ruling intact. Chipotle has, "an official disability policy of bringing ingredients to the tables of diners with disabilities and doing tableside preparation." The plaintiff in the case has a history of filing ADA-related lawsuits, and has sued over 20 restaurants. Chipotle is retrofitting restaurants affected by the ruling, and incorporating the new design into new restaurants.
Neato Burrito opened a place in Lancaster about two years ago and I like it a lot. If Chipotle opened a store closer to me I would definitely give them a try since they can't seem to catch a break from bedwetters. The Wiki article also said that they are getting flak from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Floridian farmworker organization, who since 2006 protested Chipotle’s refusal to sign a "Fair Food agreement", which would commit the restaurant chain to pay a penny-per-pound premium on its Florida tomatoes to boost tomato harvesters’ wages, and to only buy Florida tomatoes from growers who comply with the "Fair Food Code of Conduct". They caved in 2012.
This country is doomed.