We wish we were lying. We wish this was just a seriously messed up internet hoax. But sadly, we aren't and it's not.
Chipotle will be closing ALL of its restaurants on February 8, AKA the end of the world. Now, you might not believe us, but there is actually a silver lining to this horrible news.
The burrito giant is not — we repeat, is NOT — shutting its doors for good. It's not even going dark for a full week! Phew!
A rep for the popular chain told E! News that all of its stores will be closing for a few hours on that fateful February day so all U.S. employees can sit down for a national meeting about the recent E. coli outbreak.
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During this time, execs will answer any and all questions from the staff about the health issue that shut down 43 branches last year and got 80 Boston students sick.
The corporate big wigs will also discuss their marketing strategy for this post-E. coli era.
And right now Chipotle's Quesadilla King, we mean CEO, Steve Ells is optimistic that the fast food joint will be able to bounce back really soon. He revealed during an investor conference on Wednesday:
"I'm hopeful that the CDC will call this over soon. We know that Chipotle is as safe as it's ever been before. We are all very confident that this E. coli outbreak would not happen again."
But until then, plan accordingly for those delicious doors to close nationwide for a limited amount of time on February 8!
[Image via AP Images.]
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