You may not know this about me, but I actually studied a bit of architectural photography in college. I ended up going more toward portraits and people (obbbbbbviously) because I love photographing people and telling their stories, but I still enjoy doing architectural photos every so often. Qdoba Mexican Eats is kicking up the design of their new stores, and I was recently commissioned to photograph three of them for the real estate development team. I photographed two stores in Kansas City and one store in Omaha, which was super fun because I had never been to either of those cities before- if you follow my instagram, you probably saw how obsessed I was with KC - mmmyeah, I'm going to need to go back asap. Road trip, anyone?
Qdoba is really updating the look of their stores, with brightly-colored tile, comfy furniture, warm lighting, and even tin ceilings in some locations. Expansive windows with rolling doors lead out to relaxing patios and make everything bright and welcoming. The part I like the best, though, is that local artists have been commissioned to paint murals in and on the stores, so the individual locations will be unique and employ artists in the communities which the stores serve.
Not only have they updated their look, they have also updated the menu. Qdoba now makes their tortillas by hand, fresh in-store, and they have added what they call "Knockout Tacos" to the mix. Um, and if you hadn't heard, the have overhauled their pricing to bring us FREE GUACAMOLE! Now I can put pretty much whatever I want on a burrito but the price is the same and my belly is extremely happy. Qdoba has always been my favorite of the "mission-style" burrito restaurants, but the fact that they have added delicious tacos makes it even more awesome. The stores are really clean, hip, and welcoming and I think the development team did a fantastic job with the project. Thank you for your faith in me to capture all your hard work!