Heard on the Street: Mexican chain restaurant slated for downtown Rochester

A new name in Mexican food is checking into downtown Rochester and it’s packing free guac and queso.

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A new name in Mexican food is checking into downtown Rochester and it’s packing free guacamole and queso.

Qdoba, a national Mexican food chain, is planning to open at 20 First Ave. SW, inside the Kahler Grand Hotel.

A Minnesota franchisee, CMP Foods, filed a building permit for the project this week for the San Diego, Calif.-based Qdoba.

The plan is to build out a Qdoba in a 2,600-square-foot restaurant space, directly across the hall from Starbucks Coffee.

Jem’s Confection s previously had that spot following Poppi Italian Leather .


Darci Fenske , of Paramark Real Estate, represented the landlord in the real estate deal.

While this will be its first appearance it Rochester, Qdoba has about 20 locations in Minnesota with one in Albert Lea being the closest.

Qdoba’s menu and fast-casual assembly line for burritos and tacos is similar to its much larger competitor, Chipotle. However, Qdoba also offers taco salads, quesadillas and soups, plus free guacamole and queso.

There’s no word yet on the timeline for Qdoba to start serving.

Once they do start rolling burritos, Qdoba will jump into a very competitive Rochester market filled with local, non-chain restaurants including Taco Jed’s , The Compadres, Taqueria El Sueno , La Poblana Café, Hefe Rojo , Fiesta Café, El Carambas and Los Dos Amigosplus a variety of popular taco trucks.

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