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Friday, November 10, 2006

Tortilla + rice + beans does not equal sandwich

SHREWSBURY

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(Undeniably, a sandwich, Photo by Josh Reynolds)

Is a burrito a sandwich? In case you've been wondering, the answer is no. At least, legally speaking.

A Worcester Superior Court judge has weighed in on the weighty question and ruled that a burrito is not a sandwich.

The controversy started when Panera Bread accused the owners of the White City Shopping Center in Shrewsbury of violating a lease agreement to not rent out space to another sandwich shop, the Globe reports today. Qdoba, a Mexican chain that serves burritos, quesadillas and tacos, signed a lease at the shopping center this year.

Judge Jeffrey A. Locke explained that since a sandwich is made of two slices of bread, and not a tortilla, a burrito is not a sandwich.

While Qdoba only has eight locations in the state now, the company is planning to add nine more. Panera has 31 locations in the state.

Check out the mouthwatering online slide show accompanying the story.

-- Erica Tochin

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