GREAT FALLS — Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurant opened in Great Falls on Friday after months of anticipation. The Denver-based chain has more than 700 restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, specializing in tacos, quesadillas, taco salads, and tortilla soup.
In order to get people in the door on day one, the restaurant said that the first 50 people in line would win a free burrito or bowl every month for a year.
T.J. Dues, a 16-year-old Great Falls High School student, took no chances.
“We were here at like, 6:37, 6:40,” Dues said, “We got here pretty early. We wanted to get our free burritos and stuff for the year.”
Qdoba opened its doors just days after a Chipotle restaurant opened in Great Falls.
“We have seen an uptick in what I call the fast casual restaurant community, and that's good news for people in Great Falls,” said Tom Micuda, Deputy Director of the City of Great Falls Planning and Community Development Department.
Since the COVID pandemic, the population of Great Falls has begun to grow, recently surpassing 60,000 in population.
Micuda attributes the influx of restaurants to this growth: “They're really just looking for what's the next good opportunity. Whether it's Missoula, Bozeman, Kalispell, places nearby, there's a list. And we think that essentially the Great Falls is now making the list of these restaurants.”
Qdoba is located at 415 Third Street NW (suite 100) and open every day, 10:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
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