The deal, signed with TIG Corp, consists of 15 new locations.
QDOBA Mexican Eats has announced a multi-unit franchise agreement signed with TIG Queso, LLC, a part of the TIG Corp company, to develop 15 new restaurants across the New York Tri-State Area and Southwest Florida.
As part of the arrangement, TIG Queso executives Jiger Patel and Pradeep Prashar will open 10 units in New York, and a further five in Southwest Florida. The team’s first Pennsylvania location is set to open in Langhorne, and its inaugural Florida site is opening in Cape Coral in Q2 2021.
“When reviewing our franchise portfolio, we recognized that there was an opportunity when it comes to fast-casual dining,” said Patel, who has developed Dunkin, Checkers, and The Green Turtle restaurants throughout the New York Tri-State area.
“We’re eager to keep growing, and after reviewing multiple fast-casual concepts, we narrowed in on QDOBA. The brand fits the bill for everything we look for in an investment and sustainable growth.”
As well as Patel’s multi-unit and multi-brand experience, Prashar has a development and operations background with 7-Eleven and Marco’s Pizza.
“When Jiger shared his vision for our investment in QDOBA, I couldn’t pass on it,” said Prashar. “QDOBA’s menu and flavor profile have always stood out to me as a huge differentiator when it comes to fast-casual brands. We know that QDOBA will be a welcome addition to both Southwest Florida and the New York Tri-State area and can’t wait to open our first two locations this year.”