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Qdoba Mexican Eats opens for business at Shoppes on Six on March 16, offers free tacos

Nothing draws a crowd like free food.

And free tacos, coupled with the attraction of a brand-new restaurant in town, meant long lines Wednesday as Qdoba Mexican Eats opened its doors at the Shoppes on Six.

The chain restaurant, specializing in burritos, nachos, tacos and tortilla soup, hosted its grand opening by giving out a free Knockout Taco to every customer who walked through the door.

People were lined up inside the restaurant before the restaurant officially opened at 10:30 a.m., and lines of more than 30 people were consistent throughout the day. Customers quickly filled the modern yet comfortable looking tables and booths.

Many people waited in line because they were ready for a taste of something new in Elkhart.

“I’m really excited to have a new restaurant in Elkhart. We’ve been having a lot of them opening up. I’m excited to try some Qdoba,” Scott Bliss said.

The free Knockout Taco enticed Bliss to try out Qdoba the first day they opened at 405 E. C.R. 6, near the 80/90 Toll Road.

Reuben Hochstetler also had never tried the Mexican eatery, but has dined at Chipotle Mexican Grill many times.

“I’ve been to Chipotle a lot so I wanted to compare the burrito bowls, that’s usually what I get at Chipotle. I’ll get that here. From what I hear, this is better than Chipotle so I’m excited about it,” he said.

John Gleissner was first in line when the the restaurant started serving at 10:30 a.m. He said he was going to get his go-to meal, a steak queso-burrito.

“I would definitely drive out of my way to come to Qdoba than Chipotle. This has got a fresher taste and they’re more friendly and customer courteous,” Gleissner said.

Regular hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Amanda Wilkinson is a reporter for the Elkhart Truth and writes for Flavor 574.

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