Chipotle is among the "Big Five" (a self-coined term) - consisting of McDonald's (MCD) - Get Report , Yum Brands YUM, Darden Restaurants (DRI) - Get Report , Domino's Pizza (DPZ) - Get Report , and - of course - Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Ever wonder how Chipotle got its start?
It all began with a line cook's idea. 53-year-old Steve Ells opened his first Chipotle Mexican Grill in 1993. The rest, as they say, is history.
As of June 30, 2019, the chain has flourished to approximately 2,500 locations and more than 80,000 employees.
Watch the video for a look back at its 26 year history.
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Editor's note: this story has been updated to reflect the new employment numbers.