Wilton\u2019s beloved Burrito Shack closed\u00a0doors for good on Wednesday, Dec. 31, in a move that may be a metaphor for warnings recently laid out by the Economic Development Commission. The Shack will be moving north, says its owner, Johnny Wilson (aka Johnny Baby), to a new place on Route 25 in Newtown. The move comes weeks after the commission warned such decisions may become common as retail businesses leave Wilton\u2019s commercial properties for areas with lower rent. Mr. Wilson\u2019s business, a nine-year staple of the Route 7 drag, was known best by the hand-painted A-frame signs that lured customers with a keen sense of humor. Utilizing only a thin online presence, he shunned social media marketing for roadside signs bearing mottos like \u201cWe roll our own\u201d and \u201cIs that a burrito in your pocket?\u201d But confronted by increased town scrutiny of his signage, and rising rent prices, \u201cJohnny Baby\u201d has been forced to leave the area where both he and his business grew up. Though the decision to move for Mr. Wilson was both economical and emotional, the Shack\u2019s owner said the largest impetus to leave was rising rent. \u201cI\u2019m taking over the Swanky Franks building in Newtown. It\u2019s twice the size, has indoor seating for 35 people, and a big parking lot. Plus, I\u2019m still on a main road, but I also have a stoplight. \u201cEven with all of that, the rent is $900 cheaper\u201d per month, he said. Until Wednesday, the Burrito Shack occupied a tiny lean-to of a restaurant on the Georgetown side of Route 7, and was best known for its pulled pork burritos and a hot sauce challenge only 10% of challengers could complete. He also ran a catering business out of the location, and often catered more than 20 pig roasts in a single summer. Though he believes his new location will lead to new success, he had serious concerns about leaving the area where he grew up, Weston, and where he lives today, Wilton. In many ways, he feels he\u2019s put \u201ceverything\u201d into the drive-in featuring specialty Mexican-American food. \u201cI\u2019ve had the Burrito Shack for nine years, and I thought I could be here for another nine,\u201d Mr. Wilson said, holding back tears. \u201cSome of my customers have become my best friends. This place has become my baby. It sucks big-time.\u201d Mr. Wilson, who previously ran a catering business out of the old Georgetown Saloon, said Wilton\u2019s regulations have made it difficult for him to prosper at his old location. Between the sudden enforcement of rules that prohibited his well-known roadside signs and his inability to use a neon \u201copen\u201d sign, \u201cpeople thought we were closed, or had closed down for good,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m already in a tough spot, because this is a pretty dead part of Route 7,\u201d he said. Though he looked into retail space available in Wilton Center, Mr. Wilson said, he barely even considered the area, as he relies mostly on non-residents for business, like tradesmen and commuters who would \u201cnever\u201d pull off Route 7 to eat. \u201cSignage is a big thing down there, the rent is too high, and the parking is so crazy. I need to be on a highly visible road, too,\u201d Mr. Wilson said. On Route 25 in Newtown, Mr. Wilson will have an expanded menu, but the ethos of his restaurant will remain the same. \u201cMy passion is cooking and making everybody happy. If I\u2019m doing something for 100 people, and there\u2019s even one person that\u2019s unhappy, I want to know what I did wrong so next time it will be perfect.\u201d Mr. Wilson says he will continue to operate his pig roast catering business in the Wilton area.