In collaboration with the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Dining Services, the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) plans to replace the Subway Express eatery in the Bronco Student Center (BSC) with an entirely new venue on campus.
Qdoba Mexican Grill, a “fresh mex” concept similar to Chipotle, is expected to move into the BSC and open in Fall 2012.
Brett Roth, director of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Dining Services, said the decision to add Qdoba’s cuisine to Cal Poly Pomona was made by the ASI Facilities and Operations Committee, which is led by ASI Senator Pro Tempore Alicia Vajid.
Roth said the soon-to-be replaced Subway Express was installed approximately six years ago to help alleviate the high volume of traffic the full Subway creates. However, surveys conducted in the fall of 2011 and winter of this year had more than 1,200 respondents and indicated that students wanted a venue that served Mexican cuisine on par with Chipotle.
“A Mexican restaurant like Chipotle was one of the top two requests that the surveys indicated,” said Roth, who added that the number-one requested restaurant always tends to be In-N-Out Burger. “Unfortunately, a college campus does not meet the business model for either Chipotle or In-N-Out.”
Roth added that although it’s not Chipotle, Qdoba — which allows its customers to “build” their own meals in a way similar to that of Subway and Chipotle — offers quality Mexican cuisine that even he was impressed by.
“It was pretty darn good,” he said. “You order what you want and it will be exactly like that. One of the things everyone seemed to like was the choice between a wheat and flour tortilla.”
Patrons are able to select their own combination of ingredients to put in burritos, quesadillas, taco salads and more.
Currently, Qdoba is a small chain with 10 locations across Southern California from Redlands to Culver City.
“I am especially excited about this change and look forward to the new flavors that Qdoba will bring to our campus,” said ASI President Johnathan Jianu in an email distributed to the campus community. “I would also like to thank the University Foundation and the ASI Facilities and Operations Committee for their support in moving forward with this project.”
For more information about Qdoba and its menu, visit qdoba.com/menu-nutrition.