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Franklin Street Qdoba closes permanently

Qdoba on the corner of South Rd. and East Franklin St. sits empty as of Friday night.
Qdoba on the corner of South Rd. and East Franklin St. sits empty as of Friday night.

The Qdoba restaurant at 100 W. Franklin St. closed its doors on Halloween night.

The store will not reopen, said Gordon Brown, one of the principal partners at E&D Unlimited, the company that owns the building.

The restaurant was an independently owned franchise run by a company called Q-Piedmont Restaurants LLC, said Qdoba corporate spokeswoman Meg Prejzner.

“The Chapel Hill location recently closed as the current lease was up and our franchise partners opted not to renew,” she said in an email.

“Last week’s closure date coincided with the end of the current lease.”

Q-Piedmont Restaurants LLC could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Brown said the franchise company owned several Qdoba restaurants in the area and recently decided to sell them.

“The owner owned several Qdobas, and he sold his Qdobas or is in the process of selling his Qdobas to another company,” he said.

“This store was not one of those that made the cut for sale.”

E&D Unlimited is in the process of finding a business to take Qdoba’s spot, Brown said.

Brown said he could not comment on what business might take the spot due to a confidentiality agreement.

The restaurant was beloved among students for its Taco Tuesdays, when tacos could be purchased with a drink for just $1 each.

The restaurant was also known for parterning with student organizations for benefit nights.

UNC senior Mike Basse said he’ll miss Qdoba.

“I don’t know where I’m going to go for a quick bite now,” he said.

While Basse said he enjoyed the restaurant, its closure won’t leave a gaping hole in his late-night eatery options.

“There’s a lot of kick-ass Mexican places,” he said.

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