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.
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.
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.