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Chacarero wait times

Blumie Mar 31, 2008 10:21 AM

Arrived at the Arch Street location at 1:00pm on Friday to find the line past the register and all the way to the door. Walked from there to the Province Street location -- a walk of all of 5 minutes -- and found the place nearly empty. In and out in three minutes.

Is this consistent with others' experience? How long is the wait at Arch Street if the line is to the door?

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  1. finlero RE: Blumie Mar 31, 2008 10:27 AM

    Totally consistent with my experiences; I feel like Arch has somehow siphoned off the majority of the business from the original location.

    I'd also add that the extra hot sauce seems significantly hotter from Arch. I'm no stranger to heat, but the extra hot from Arch pushes the envelope for me. Province Street is about right. Could easily be how much they apply, but I'm too afraid to be a guinea pig any longer.

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      Lucymax RE: finlero Mar 31, 2008 11:14 AM

      Interesting. The only time I went to Province Street, I waited over 5 minutes.

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        Blumie RE: Lucymax Mar 31, 2008 01:05 PM

        But that's still pretty short, right? I was used to 20-30 minute (or longer) waits at the old location.

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      treb RE: Blumie Mar 31, 2008 04:15 PM

      The weather could also be a factor on the locations.

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        Blumie RE: treb Mar 31, 2008 06:34 PM

        Explain. Same weather both locations, no?

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          treb RE: Blumie Apr 1, 2008 06:56 AM

          Just people willing to take longer casual walks when it's more fit for human beings, I may be apt to take a longer crawl when it's pleasant outside. I still prefer the original place, although you are correct, it is still all the same outside.

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            Blumie RE: treb Apr 1, 2008 07:05 AM

            Although the original location was charming, I think the two new locations put out a more consistent product. The people making the sandwiches now have some room to move!

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        Uncle Ian RE: Blumie Apr 1, 2008 12:21 PM

        Just had my first Chacarero about an hour ago...BBQ chicken with extra hot sauce. But I don't get the fuss...I thought it was alright, but rather dry. It wasn't bad, mind you, but I've seen so many raves about it here...

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