Qdoba is coming to Lexington and the Mexican kitchen could be firing up its grills as early as next week.
According to Toni Tiernan, regional marketing manager, if all goes according to plan, next Monday, June 11, is slated as opening day for Qdoba’s location at , the chain’s 19th in the Greater Boston area.
“Lexington specifically kind of called out to us because of the kind of community that it is,” Tiernan told Patch late last week. “This is really going to be our first in the northwest suburban area.”
With its high ceilings and windows, the 40-seat dine-in and takeout spot will be “definitely one of the most attractive locations,” Tiernan said.
According to company literature, Qdoba offers fresh, handcrafted meals provided right in front of the customers, including popular menu items like the 3-Cheese Queso, Ancho Chile BBQ sauce and Mexican Gumbo. Diners select items like tacos, burritos, salads, soups, quesadillas or nachos and walk down the line customizing their order by selecting their toppings.
According to Tiernan, Qdoba is expecting “a lot of community-based customers” at its Lexington location, and figures to do well with high-schoolers, families and perhaps lunchtime takeout from professionals working nearby.
Qdoba is amped about being in Lexington after making its community debut at Discovery Day, when restaurant reps handed out 2,000 samples of chips and queso, aong with 2,000 coupons and 500 menus, Tiernan said.
The restaurant intends to run some specials in its first few weeks, including that the first 25 customers get a free entre during the first week, and Lexington High students get an entrée and drink for $5 plus tax from 2 to 4 p.m. from June 11 to June 16, when they show their student identification.
As well, Qdoba will be hiring between 16 and 18 local employees, including some who have already been brought on board.