Chipotle Mexican Grill has no plans to acquire Miami-based restaurant Pincho Factory, contrary to a report that Pincho Factory CEO Nedal Ahmad tweeted Thursday.
Ahmad said he and his business partner wrote the fake report, which appears to be a Forbes.com article, on a website called ShrtURL that allows users to create realistic-looking fake news items.
“We were a little bored,” Ahmad said.
The restaurant received a lot of positive responses to the article, which said Chipotle had offered $50 million and “free burritos for life” to the Pincho Factory’s owners.
“It was pretty cool to see how many people believed in us,” Ahmad said.
Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said he had received three inquiries about the report.
Pincho Factory has two locations: one on SW 40th Street in Miami and one in Coral Gables. A third site is planned in Hialeah.