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Chipotle says queso is popular with guests and could be rolled out nationwide within months

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is hoping diners will focus on something other than the latest headlines about norovirus in Virginia and rats in Dallas: queso out west.

Chipotle CMG, +2.71% has been testing four items in its New York City Next Kitchen, a place for exploring menu changes: queso, frozen margaritas, a salad with avocado citrus dressing and a crispy cinnamon dessert called a buñuelo.

Company executives said on the late Tuesday earnings call that early success with queso prompted the decision to expand availability of the item across more than 350 restaurants in Central and Southern California and Colorado starting August 1.

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