Qdoba Mexican Grill celebrated its grand opening at noon in the Bronco Student Center (BSC) on Tuesday, Jan. 15, roughly four months after the eatery opened for business.
Leslie Duenas, manager of Qdoba, said by the end of the U-Hour festivities, approximately 130 separate transactions were recorded.
“That’s about 30 more than usual,” said Duenas, adding that she expected to exceed the usual daily transaction count of 500.
The event was highlighted by a raffle where Qdoba patrons from the previous week were given raffle tickets for prizes including assorted items, gift bags and the raffle’s grand prize — a bike.
First-year Music student Olivia Glynn said she didn’t expect to win anything, but ended up winning the bike.
“I just wanted the bike,” said Glynn, who doesn’t own a car and said the bike would help her get around.
After about 15 minutes into the event, the line for Qdoba stretched past Poly Fresh and toward the steps leading down from the second floor of the BSC. Duenas wheeled a cart with Frisbees, hacky sacks and other items and distributed them to customers who correctly answered trivia questions about Cal Poly Pomona.
Other employees from the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Dining Services distributed free samples of Qdoba’s food items.
Qdoba opened in early October of 2012 and has since become as popular of a U-Hour lunchtime venue as Subway. Before its arrival, students were limited to Taco Bell and a select few items in Poly Fresh if they wanted a quick Mexican-inspired dining option.
Sara Yamada, a second-year Hotel and Restaurant Management student and Qdoba regular, was in line to get a naked burrito.
“[Qdoba] fits into the BSC by being something different,” she said. “It helps to add variety.”
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