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Diners flock to Qdoba on restaurant’s opening day in Duluth

While some people enjoy their meals, others wait in line to order at Qdoba Mexican Grill on Monday afternoon. The restaurant on Woodland Avenue in Duluth opened Monday. (Steve Kuchera / 1 / 2
Kaiden High, 5, of Duluth eats outside Qdoba Mexican Grill on Monday. He was there with his father, Scott. (Steve Kuchera / / 2

People were lined up outside the door on Monday to welcome another popular Mexican restaurant to Duluth.

Qdoba, one of the tenants of the newly constructed BlueStone Commons shopping complex on Woodland Avenue, opened its doors to invite people to “pay-what-you-want night.”

Guests were able to get food like quesadillas, tacos, Mexican gumbo or San Francisco-style burritos and pay what they wanted with the money going to Mentor Duluth, a program that helps guide youths ages 5 to 18.

“We like to be a part of our community. We thought this would be a great event for everyone,” said Andrew Hallfrisch, general manager.

First-time Qdoba customer Erik Watczak was looking to spend $20 for himself and his wife.

He carefully studied the menu while standing at the back of the line, but he couldn’t make up his mind on which entrée to get.

“I’ve heard good things about Qdoba, so I was looking to try it,” Watczak said. “They have a lot of items on their menu, so they are making it hard for me to choose.”

Aimee Fisher already was sitting down, enjoying her $5 shredded beef burrito with queso (cheese) and guacamole.

“I was pretty eager to come to tonight’s event,” Fisher said. “I wanted to see what the hype was all about.”

It was Fisher’s first time at Qdoba. She said she couldn’t wait to return.

“I will definitely make my way over here again,” Fisher said. “The food is absolutely delicious and worth the wait.”