More details have come out about where Qdoba's first Northern Minnesota location will open up. While it is obvious that it will be in the city of Duluth, rumors have been swirling that the fast casual restaurant chain has been looking at sites all over the city. Specifically rumors have been coming in strong that Qdoba will be the burrito tenant for the final available retail space in the Shops at BlueStone. Well, we did some searching and talked with a few different sources and here is what we found. Qdoba officials have confirmed that the Duluth location will be "within walking distance of UMD" but that they also were still not ready to 100% confirm the exact location of the deal. We think it's pretty obvious now.
While there is another potential site available within walking distance of UMD, we feel that it's a no brainer that Qdoba would go after the Shops at BlueStone space first. We've also had this rumor confirmed by a few other sources who say they have been told that the Qdoba deal is 100% official. We reported a few months ago that we thought the burrito restaurant locating in the Shops at BlueStone may in fact be another Chipotle. While our opinion has been swayed now, Chipotle sources are still saying that people shouldn't be surprised if they see another location open next year in Duluth.
Regardless, let's just be happy our burrito cravings are about to be filled... by two delicious burrito making joints.