MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans are very proud of their 10,000 lakes, so when a new one popped up in Minneapolis, it got people talking.
But this so-called lake is not like the others, it’s actually a huge puddle in a Chipotle restaurant.
At the entrance to the parking lot, there is a sign that says “Slow: No Wake Zone”.
“It has become a kind of staple food. I’ve been here for a few years,” said resident Joey Sansa. “So yeah, it’s kind of an attraction.”
“Lake Chipotle” has its own website, social media accounts and is even on Google Maps.
“I’ve seen it on social media and people are creating Facebook accounts and Facebook pages,” said fellow resident Dan Dolan.
A casual paddle boarder can even be caught on its waters.
Customers have said that on a bad day the puddle tends to be smaller, but often it can cover most of the parking lot.
“Sometimes it’s even worse. When it rains or snows…usually I have to go around it,” Sansa said.
When it’s really cold, Elavontay Patterson, a Chipotle employee, insists he get his skates out.
“Of course I was out there skating,” Patterson said. “I liked it. I thought it was cool.
However, not everyone is a fan of the “lake”.
“It’s definitely something that needs to go,” resident Amy Cruz said. “I pass by once a week…Sometimes it’s closed, and everyone parks here.”
The mysterious lake website manager, who goes by the name Father Hennepin, emailed WCCO, encouraging people to come and see the huge puddle.
“As we come out of a long winter, we encourage everyone to get out for a walk or get on the bike and find the lake chipotles in their community,” the email reads.
Lake Chipotle has even been dubbed “the smallest member of the City of Lakes”. “
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