Fayetteville’s original burrito bar is taking the burrito battle directly to the street – Dickson Street.
The Flying Burrito Company will move its 10-year flagship Spring Street restaurant to 540 W. Dickson St. across from George’s Majestic Lounge.
The building is the former home to Pitas Mediterannean Grill and Kosmos Greekafe. It’s also within a few footsteps of direct competitors Qdoba Mexican Grill and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
While the national chains already compete with Flying Burrito on Spring Street, the restaurant’s owners say getting a few hundred feet closer to the action is important.
“The area has changed a lot since we first opened 10 years ago,” said co-owner Mike Rohrbach. “We think a move to Dickson Street is the right move for us and our customers.”
The move will add more food options to what is already a crowded arena. Besides the trio of burrito bars, folks hungry for Mexican food on Dickson Street can also choose from nearby old-school and upstart competitors Jose’s Mexican Restaurant and the recently opened Los Bobos Taqueria.
There will, however, be a calm before the storm.
Flying Burrito’s Spring Street location will close on Saturday, July 13. The new Dickson Street location is set to open in early September.
Rohrbach and business parter Archie Schaffer opened the city’s first burrito bar inside a refurbished warehouse on Spring Street on May 31, 2003. They’ve since operated or franchised several regional restaurants, and currently own and operate four other Flying Burrito locations in Northwest Arkansas.
While waiting for the new location to open, Flying Burrito fans can enjoy two other Fayetteville locations at 3200 N. College Ave. by Hobby Lobby and at 3980 Wedington Dr. by The Perk.
Other Flying Burrito locations can be found at 7022 W. Sunset Ave. in Springdale and 1401 S. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville.
Rohrbach and Schaffer said they plan to post photos of the progress and keep customers up-to-date on the reopening on the company’s Facebook page.