WICHITA — The first Qdoba Mexican Grill in this part of Kansas is going to open in Hutchinson.
In July, Have You Heard? reported that restaurateur Eric Estes is bringing the franchise to Wichita.
Denver-based Qdoba is similar to Chipotle Mexican Grill in that customers order from a counter with a number of protein, vegetable and salsa selections for burritos and tacos. Qdoba, which was founded in 1995, has about 600 restaurants in 42 states.
An east Wichita location “will soon follow,” Estes says.
He says it just happens the Hutchinson deal was finalized first. He’s selected an east Wichita site, but the deal isn’t done. He’s also considering a couple of sites in west Wichita and is planning a Hays Qdoba as well.
Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons is helping Estes with the deals.
Estes says the Hutchinson Qdoba will open June 1 and the others will quickly follow.