Hot Head Burritos closes down less than a year after its grand opening due to low sales. Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina will soon fill its place.
The Mexican restaurant Hot Head Burritos, located on Opelika Road in front of the Auburn Mall, sold its last burrito on Dec. 30, just months after its grand opening on March 21, 2018.
Hot Head Burritos made the announcement on Dec. 31 on its Facebook page, saying how sorry it was to announce the store’s closing and expressing gratitude for the support of its customers.
Greg Ames, former general manager at the Auburn Hot Head Burritos, said they were sad to have to close the place down, but they did not have another choice.
“The store just didn’t bring in enough money to keep operating,” Ames said. “The brand has a lot of good product, and we tried everything we could to make it work, but we just didn’t have a lot of support.”
Z.A. Hughes, one of the local co-owners of the restaurant, is currently building a Hot Head Burritos in Gadsden, Alabama, on the corner of East Broad Street and George Wallace Drive. The date of its grand opening has not yet been released.
As of now, Hot Head Burritos is permanently closed for the Auburn area. Ames said it is highly unlikely that the restaurant will return to Auburn. In response, Hot Head Burritos lovers have expressed their disappointment on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
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Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina will be taking over the Hot Head Burritos location and opening its doors on Feb. 4. Kelley Painting Services was already inside the store on Jan. 11, painting and prepping the area for the new business.
Barberitos will serve food from a menu similar to Hot Head Burritos. Barberitos will serve burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads, nachos and quesadillas. It will also cater for events, which can be picked up at a local Barberitos location or delivered by Barberitos team members.
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