By Anna Lothson
Those deciding between Chipotle Mexican Grill in Oak Park and Qdoba Mexican Grill in River Forest won't have a choice anymore.
According to the company's Twitter and Facebook accounts, Qdoba shut down 18 of its 26 Chicago area locations June 28 at 3 p.m. Listed in that group was the River Forest establishment at 7343 W. Lake St.
The company, which is a mix of company-owned and franchise-operated restaurants, has plans to open more restaurants nationwide during the next year, but has decided to pull a majority of its Chicago spots from the market.
"By closing these locations and optimizing our company footprint, we can be more effective in focusing our advertising and marketing resources to support existing and planned restaurants in our core markets where we have high levels of brand awareness," Qdoba President Tim Casey wrote in a news release. "We also expect to provide an even better dining experience for our guests as our operations teams concentrate their efforts on supporting these markets."