After several years of watching other brands attempt to position themselves as “the Chipotle of pizza,” Chipotle Mexican Grill on Wednesday announced a partnership to grow a fast-casual pizza concept called Pizzeria Locale. The Denver-based burrito chain has been secretly backing restaurateurs Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson — both alums of the The French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. — for several months. They revealed the partnership this ...

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