Add a Side of Criminal Investigation to the Chipotle Drama

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A exterior image of the Chipotle Mexican Grill located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

LOS ANGELES — If your Chipotle cravings haven’t been zapped just yet… this might do it. Chipotle’s been hit with a criminal investigation over a norovirus outbreak at one of its restaurants in California.

Yep, just the one restaurant. We’re not even talking about the E. coli outbreak that’s spread across the country. Goodness, Chipotle can’t catch a break, huh?

Turns out, the Mexican food restaurant got slapped with a Federal Grand Jury subpoena last month. That means it must turn over documents pertaining to its restaurant in Simi Valley where the norovirus outbreak occurred in August 2015.

If you think that’s bad, check this out. In addition to the subpoena, Chipotle released a grim financial outlook for the final quarter of 2015 — an anticipated 14.6% drop in sales. Chipotle said it expects to spend between $14 million and $16 million in response to the recent outbreaks of E. coli, norovirus and Salmonella at its various locations.

The big question, despite the changes — will you indulge in a Chipotle burrito EVER again? Hey, if Blue Bell can make a comeback, why can’t Chipotle? Hmmm…