Chipotle’s lunchtime business is picking up, a sign that workers are heading back to the office

Lunchtime at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is picking up, according to Chief Financial Officer Jack Hartung, a sign that workers are heading back to their offices, and back to their midday meal routines.

“We’re seeing Monday through Friday lunch coming back in a big way,” Hartung told MarketWatch. “As people go back to work, in-store ordering is coming back.”

reported earnings that blew past consensus, sending shares soaring 11.5% in Wednesday trading, and to a record close of $1,755.99. Shares rose another 2.2% in Thursday trading.

Digital sales grew 10.5% and accounted for 48.5% of total sales. Even as the fast-casual chain has recovered 70% of in-store sales, Chief Executive Brian Niccol said on the earnings call that the company has held on to 80% of digital sales.

Chipotle raised prices recently to cover the wage hikes that the company put in place to…

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