California Burrito moseying toward opening in Elizabethtown

By Chrysta Carroll -

ELIZABETHTOWN — With a target opening date of the first of July having come and gone, California Burrito’s anticipatory fans have been asking, “What about the burrito place?”

In April, the Bladen Journal talked to Josue Flores, one of the owners of both San Jose and the future California Burrito, who said that the Mexican Subway-style restaurant, which would be similar to a Chipotle or Moe’s in that customers would build their own burritos, was slated to open July 1.

Flores also said at the time that the owners would be doing extensive renovations to the old La Hacienda building on West Broad Street, not the least of which would be repainting the garish orange exterior. Many Bladen County residents have noted the absence of the appearance of any remodeling and questioned when and if the establishment would open.

“It may not look like it from the outside, but they’ve done a lot of work inside,” said landlord Robin Summerlin.

A peek inside revealed what looks like a blank slate with all furniture from the former restaurant removed, but the only change to the exterior seems to be the removal of shutters from the front windows. Fernando Ayala, who works at San Jose and is helping with the renovations, maintained that the restaurant is still in the works, however.

“It will probably be October or November,” he speculated about the opening.

Ayala said one of the owners is currently in Mexico, and when he returns to America, he will be overseeing the opening of a restaurant in Raleigh before resuming work on California Burrito.

“It could be earlier, or it could be later,” said the smiling Ayala.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

By Chrysta Carroll

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