River Forest Qdoba closes

18 Chicago area locations shutting down


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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

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."

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Ian Fleming from Oak Park  

Posted: July 12th, 2013 10:46 PM

Good news for Boss Burrito. That's why the free market works.

craig from oakpark  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 11:24 PM

It is sad those people will loose their jobs. I am not surprised by the closing. the place does not ever seem busy

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 12:36 PM

The Venezuelan restaurant on Marion is not Mexican but it is a neat food experience.

Paul Obis  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 12:31 PM

Can anybody say, "Oh, My God"?

ETphonedhome from Forest Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2013 10:10 AM

How about a GOOD Mexican restaurant! I won't be surprised if La Majada closes soon either; can you say "greasy"?

Dan Lauber from River Forest  

Posted: June 26th, 2013 11:06 PM

What a shame. The staff at River Forest's Qdoba have always been great -- and the food far tastier than the traif they serve at Chipotles. But never overestimate the power of marketing -- something at which Chipotles excelled and Qdoba did not. A small menu perhaps, but plenty of flavor. It will be missed.


Posted: June 26th, 2013 6:05 PM

My latest visit to the RF store was awful....I can totally understand why they will be closing. Shouldn't have to be...

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