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Qdoba the newest food vendor at Intrust Bank Arena

Qdoba franchisee Eric Estes, right, and his brother, Jared, outside the new Qdoba kiosk in Intrust Bank Arena.
Qdoba franchisee Eric Estes, right, and his brother, Jared, outside the new Qdoba kiosk in Intrust Bank Arena. Jared Estes

The latest restaurant to join the Intrust Bank Arena club is Qdoba, the build-your-own burrito store that opened last spring at 430 N. Rock Road.

Local Qdoba franchisee Eric Estes opened a Qdoba kiosk on the arena’s main concourse late last month. He gave it a few trial runs during Thunder hockey games, and its big debut happened during the Garth Brooks concert series last week.

Qdoba took over the space near section 121 that Carlos O’Kelly’s formerly inhabited. That restaurant decided not to re-up its arena contract, and the arena ran its own Mexican food spot called Gotcho Nacho for a few months before Qdoba asked if it could take over, said Christine Pileckas, the arena’s director of sales and marketing. Qdoba is selling burritos, bowls, queso and guacamole out of the kiosk, and it also serves margaritas made by Intrust Bank Arena.

The arena has been quietly revamping its main concourse food vendors for the past year, Pileckas said, and has renamed and refocused all of them. Chisholm’s, Dog Pound, Railway BBQ and Midway Grill, which made up the original arena lineup, are now called Wild Leaf (healthier flatbreads, wraps, salads, hummus), Coop’s Chicken Kitchen (chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, garlic Parmesan fries), Dog Shack (specialty hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn) and Rub My Belly BBQ (pork, brisket, hot link sliders, smoked nachos).

The arena will tackle the upper concourse over the next year, opening second locations of the new ones on the main concourse, Pileckas said.

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