- Workers at a Chipotle in New York City told the New York Post that the restaurant had a huge rat problem.
- Employees said four workers were bitten, the Post reported. The location is closed indefinitely.
- In a statement to Business Insider, Chipotle acknowledged the problem and said it stemmed from neighboring restaurants that closed.
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A Chipotle in New York City is closed because of a major rat problem, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.
The West 169th Street location closed in late November after rats chewed through computer-system wires, employees told the Post. They told the publication that they were forced to kill dozens of rats and that four employees were bitten.
In a statement, Laurie Schalow, Chipotle's chief corporate affairs officer and head of food safety, acknowledged the pest problem, blamed neighboring closed restaurants, and said the location was closed indefinitely.
"The health and safety of our employees and guests is our top priority," she said in an email to Business Insider. "We have arranged emergency pest service, deep cleaning of the restaurant and are working with the landlord to ensure improvements are made before reopening."
The pest problem began this summer when employees found bitten avocados and bags of rice that had been chewed through, workers told the Post.
The report said some employees wouldn't enter the basement at all "for fear of a rat attack."
As restaurants and other businesses have closed because of the pandemic, Chipotle has been growing rapidly.
In July, CEO Brian Nicol said he planned to double the number of Chipotle locations in the US.