Qdoba Rolls Out New Restaurant Look in Lakewood

A new Lakewood Qdoba shows off the latest look from the burrito company.EXPAND
A new Lakewood Qdoba shows off the latest look from the burrito company.
Mark Antonation

Qdoba has been a Denver staple in the fast-casual scene since it opened more than twenty years ago. If you were here in the mid-1990s, you may recall that the company was once called Z-Tecas — and Zuma before that. Over the years, the name and ownership have shifted, but Qdoba has been more or less stable since it was purchased by Jack in the Box in 2003. Under corporate guidance, Qdoba has grown to nearly 600 locations (both company-owned and franchised) in the U.S. and Canada. And now the Mexican eatery is evolving further, with a new look that the company has been rolling out in various test markets. The latest will open in Lakewood at 12027 West Alameda Parkway on Friday, June 3, with a full bar, breakfast and interior decor that brings Qdoba into the modern era.

Gone are the stylized cactus logo and vaguely Southwestern decor, replaced by a giant Q and a sleeker cantina theme, highlighted with glazed tile, copper, leather, urban elements (like a wall mural from a local street artist), and various textures of wood for added warmth. The flow of the restaurant is still fast-casual, but the typical corral-style railing or low wall that herds customers through the line has been replaced with curved booth seating to divide the space. 

Booths separate the order line from the service counter, rather than the standard railing.EXPAND
Booths separate the order line from the service counter, rather than the standard railing.
Mark Antonation

Plenty of other seating options have been introduced, including community tables with built-in power outlets and USB plugs, conversation nooks, bar seating and several styles of booths. The bar area features a garage door that opens onto a semi-covered patio with a copper-clad fireplace.

This is the first Qdoba in Colorado with a full liquor license, so the company's new line of margaritas, mules and sangria are available; there are also eight tap handles pouring Colorado brews. Frozen cocktails include a slushy Standard margarita and a sangria made with tempranillo wine, or you can get the Q margarita, a strawberry version, a Mexican Mule or a Bloody Mary on the rocks. Additional bottled and canned beers and wines are also available.

The new look features bright lights and plenty of textural contrasts.EXPAND
The new look features bright lights and plenty of textural contrasts.
Mark Antonation

This isn't the first prototype in Colorado — there's another at 3804 East 120th Avenue in Thornton — but it's the first to incorporate all of Qdoba's new design themes and a bar. The company will soon begin retrofitting older locations with the new look, with as many as seventy a year getting facelifts. The newest Denver member of the Qdoba family will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with an 11 p.m. closing on Fridays and Saturdays.

New elements include wood, leather, copper and aquamarine highlights.EXPAND
New elements include wood, leather, copper and aquamarine highlights.
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The designers included a number of seating options.EXPAND
The designers included a number of seating options.
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A full bar with a new lineup of cocktails.EXPAND
A full bar with a new lineup of cocktails.
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A seasonal mango chicken salad with mango salsa.EXPAND
A seasonal mango chicken salad with mango salsa.
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Three of the Knockout Tacos.EXPAND
Three of the Knockout Tacos.
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Local tap handles at the bar.EXPAND
Local tap handles at the bar.
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A frozen sangria and the Standard margarita.EXPAND
A frozen sangria and the Standard margarita.
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Design elements continue to the outdoor patio.EXPAND
Design elements continue to the outdoor patio.
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The women's restroom.EXPAND
The women's restroom.
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The men's restroom.EXPAND
The men's restroom.
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A new style of Qdoba rises in Lakewood.EXPAND
A new style of Qdoba rises in Lakewood.
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