SOUTHFIELD (CBS Detroit) – If an e.coli outbreak or two doesn’t scare you — there could be a free burrito in your future.
In a give-us-another-shot deal making the rounds on social media, the now-struggling fast casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a certificate for a free burrito.READ MORE: School Loses Challenge To Expired Michigan Mask Order
To get it, just text RAINCHECK to 888-222. The text seemed to work Monday afternoon. It was not immediately clear how long the offer would last.
There will be a little bit of a wait, though.
All 2,000 or so Chipotle restaurants nationwide were set to open at 3 p.m. instead of the typical 11 a.m. on Monday so 50,000-plus employees to discuss tightened food safety measures, get some fresh training, and discuss the chain’s recent health scare.READ MORE: 2 Charged With Murder After 16-Year-Old, 20-Year-Old Found Dead Near White Lake Township Pond
A message at the free burrito link reads: “If we messed up your lunch plans today, just follow the steps and we’ll good you up.”
This latest comes after the company disclosed last month that it’s been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as part of a criminal investigation.
The restaurant’s sales took a nosedive after word of e.coli outbreaks and several cases of norovirus shook the company’s bottom line in 2015 and early this year — leading to much shorter lines at the once wildly-popular lunch spot.MORE NEWS: MDOT To Lift Several Traffic Restrictions To Ease Memorial Day Travel
Denver-based Chipotle has more than a dozen locations across metro Detroit. So far there have been no illnesses associated with Chipotle restaurants in Michigan.