By Kaitlin Fahey
Students may have recently seen or heard about plans for new restaurants opening locations in Georgetown. One of these restaurants, Qdoba Mexican Grill, is preparing to open its doors to the public next week. The restaurant chain, which was founded in 1995 in Denver, now operates over 600 locations nationwide. The new Georgetown store, however, is only the eighth in the state of Kentucky, with the others in nearby cities of Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville.
Qdoba is described on their website as a “fast casual Mexican-inspired restaurant,” featuring menu items such as burritos, tacos, quesadillas, salads and nachos, all of which are customizable to suit each person’s taste. For indecisive visitors, Qdoba also offers a Craft 2 option, which allows one to select two smaller portions of the restaurant’s popular dishes to create a single meal.
In order for each guest to customize their meal, Qdoba offers several options of fillings and toppings. In addition to the customizable items, Qdoba offers its own signature burrito flavors such as nacho chile barbeque and fajita ranchera. Another signature dish, Mexican gumbo, combines tortilla soup with rice, beans, salsa and cheese. One of Qdoba’s most well-known menu items is their three-cheese queso, which was recently enjoyed by donors and staff members at the recent SGA blood drive in the college’s student center. The queso sauce, which is blended with peppers and garlic, can be added to a burrito or served with Qdoba’s hand-cut tortilla chips.
Students may also want to take note of Qdoba Rewards, a customer loyalty program for which one can register either online or in the restaurant. By providing a rewards card at checkout, members are able to receive a free entrée for every ten entrées purchased. Program members can also receive emails about special offers from the restaurant and are eligible for either a free order of chips and salsa or a free beverage upon registration.
Qdoba Mexican Grill will have its grand opening in Georgetown on Monday, Sept. 23. The restaurant, which shares a building with the new Buffalo Wild Wings, is located on Connector Road near I-75, situated in front of Kohl’s and next to Steak ‘n Shake. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.