A short week after opening Wichita’s first Qdoba Mexican Grill, Eric Estes is opening his second A&W here.
Estes opened his first Wichita A&W in front of Lowe’s on Maize Road a year ago, and he says he’s had “a lot of requests” from people visiting there to open on the east side.
A&W opens at 547 S. Rock Road, which is near the southwest corner of Kellogg and Rock Road, on May 15.
So how does a restaurateur open two different restaurant concepts a week apart?
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“We have two different teams,” Estes says.
He says the Qdoba opening “was nutty.”
“We had people waiting, sleeping in their car,” he says.
When the doors opened at 10:30 a.m., he says, “They were, like … running.”
The first few through the doors received free meals.
Though Estes is already thinking about another Qdoba for Wichita – likely to come next year – he’s not planning more A&Ws at this time.