Qdoba Mexican Grill takes a different approach to its business from its fellow Denver-based fast-casual burrito chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill. Chipotle restaurants are all company-owned. Qdoba, whose management has been known to refer to its archrival as “the C-word,” franchises. Chipotle’s product development is handled by its president, Steve Ells, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. Qdoba’s is handled by a team led by a Johnson & Wales graduate, ...

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