Chipotle chief executive Brian Niccol spoke Monday about nationwide protests sparked by police killings of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis a week ago.
In an appearance on CNBC's "Mad Money," Niccol told Jim Cramer that a number of restaurants in the franchise were hit when some peaceful protests took a violent turn in recent days.
"Fortunately, all of our employees have been safe," he said in the interview. "We have had some damage to restaurants, but honestly we can fix and fix that."
Windows was reportedly broken at at least two Chipotle locations in Charlotte, North Carolina and Indianapolis during the weekend. Niccol did not say how many restaurants need repairing.
A host of businesses and properties were damaged across the country after anger at questions of police brutality and institutional racism amid an ongoing global pandemic reached a tipping point this past week. As some protesters took violent measures, the vast majority of the demonstrations were peaceful.
"All these events have been tragic and it hurts on so many levels," Niccol said.
"I'm optimistic about our future and I think, you know, we have to address some of these issues that are absolutely troublesome, you know, this great country," he said, "and I think we will address them and we will start doing the right things for everyone. "
" Hopefully we build a culture where everyone knows they are supported, it's an inclusive environment, and we can really continue to make this world a better place place, "he added.