Chipotle Mexican Grill

A Chipotle Mexican Grill is slated for Coddingtown in 2013.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is confirmed plans to open at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa, according to a company spokesman.

Rumors have been swirling for months, especially after the socially-conscious fast food eatery announced plans to open in Petaluma and Rohnert Park last year. With the restaurant’s march northward, Coddingtown Mall seemed a natural fit, with ongoing renovations attracting large-scale national chains including Target, Whole Foods and BJ’s Restaurant.

The Coddingtown restaurant is slated to open this summer. Simon spokesperson Kim Hall was unable elaborate, stating that the mall did not yet have a signed lease.

Chipotle Mexican Grill has about 1,200 restaurants nationwide and has won over many fast-food critics with its dedication to organic, sustainable foods and eco-conscious attitude. “With more than a third of America currently obese, a healthier eating movement is under way and Chipotle is seizing the reins. This is exactly why revenue jumped by 26% in the first quarter and comparable-store sales were up almost 13%,” said Motley Fool in its analysis of the growing company.

A Facebook page pleading for a Santa Rosa location emerged in 2010, garnering about 1557 likes.