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QUEENS, NY-Three locally based entrepreneurs enter into a franchise agreement to develop a minimum of 12 Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants here within the next five years. The first is set to open in September in the food court of Queens Center Mall on Queens Blvd.

Unlike the generally proscribed format established by the Denver-based restaurant chain, this unit will occupy just 850 sf. There will be no waiters or waitresses, and it does not have the ability to serve beer or wine. Meanwhile, the trio that formed Madalex LLC to obtain and operate Qdobas here is in the process of negotiating leases for additional units. “The others will be more like standard Qdobas,” says Scott Edelstein, president of Madalex.

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