Chipolte closing Feb. 8

Prepare yourself fans of Chipotle (website | Facebook). Your favorite “locally-sourced,” fast-food joint is closing – temporarily.

The Denver-based burrito company, with 15 Central Florida locations including Lake Mary and Sanford, said it will close more than 1,900 U.S. restaurants on Feb. 8 for several hours to have a national staff meeting about food safety.

Chipotle has cultivated a cult-like following since it opened in 1993 with promises of locally-sourced ingredients that aren’t genetically modified, but since August has battled outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella and norivirus in multiple states.

CEO Scott Ellis spoke to a group of investment professionals last week at the JW Marriott in Orlando, telling them he was “hopeful” the centers for disease control would declare the outbreaks had ended.

Read more at CNN Money.