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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote that “maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists,” and so it has been with the coming-of-age fast-casual restaurant segment.

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Investors didn't like the chain's unit growth outlook, as high wing prices last year slowed some development.

Le Duff America sells off other concepts as it plans to expand its parent company's legacy concept in the States.

Ells, a chef by training, has been a disruptor, industry critic, apologist, risk taker, contrarian and culinary traditionalist.

The Bottom Line: The burrito chain has been trending toward normalization for some time now, and that's a good thing.

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