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Wait is over for Qdoba fans: Grill opens today

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fans longing for Cape Girardeau's Qdoba Mexican Grill to open will finally have their chance to sample the restaurant's fare starting today.

Qdoba, at the corner of Silver Springs Road and William Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Richard Davidson and fellow owner Jerry Wieser plan to eventually open other Qdoba restaurants in Paducah, Ky., and the Marion-Carbondale, Ill., area, but for now are concentrating their efforts to see how the Cape Girardeau location performs.

"We've been working on this project for almost two years, so we're excited to bring this to Cape Girardeau," Davidson said.

You can reach Qdoba at 332-1885.

* Clark Appliance Center closes, changes names and business model: When Lana Durham came on board at Clark Appliance Center, she had big plans for the store at 223 S. Plaza Way in Cape Girardeau. But a combination of a bad economy and a family illness sidelined those plans.

On June 30 the store began shutting down. However, it has changed its business model to in-home repairs and is now known as AA Appliance Repair. Durham, who is the grandaughter of owners Harley and Vita Clark, said they are trying to establish their phone number at the moment.

* Cain opens: Doc Cain's newest restaurant has opened.

Cain, an upscale dining restaurant, is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant is in the former Lewis and Clark Cafe restaurant at 31 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. Reservations may be made by calling 339-8709.

This is the second restaurant Doc Cain has opened, though his son, James, is the head chef and manager. Doc Cain also owns Port Cape Girardeau in downtown Cape Girardeau.

* Lincare Home Health moves: The Cape Girardeau Lincare office has relocated to 286 Christine St. Formerly at 1733 N. Kingshighway, the new 2,400-square-foot space is in a development known as Christine Corner.

Established in 1965, the Clearwater, Fla.-based company has more than 1,000 locations in 48 states and employs more than 10,000 health care workers. Lincare provides in-home oxygen and infusion therapy, adult and child respiratory services and various rehabilitation programs.

Tom Kelsey, broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., handled the deal. He said the space was completely remodeled for their use. The building was formerly occupied by the U.S. Postal Service as a temporary post office facility. Lincare's local office serves the Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri areas. The company relocated to the new facility Sept. 1.

* Nurses association accredited: The Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Missouri has met the Healthcare Quality Association's Durable Medical Equipment accreditation requirements. This is achieved when home medical equipment companies demonstrate a high quality of practices in business operations and patient care techniques. The organization earned the three-year accreditation after completing a comprehensive application and on-site survey.

* Adams takes over Oak Ridge diner: Ron's Diner has changed names and management.

When Terri Adams recently became managing officer of the cafe at 2984 Route KK in Oak Ridge, she decided it was time for the restaurant to become known as Terri's Country Cafe.

A 25-year veteran in the restaurant industry, Adams' most recent job was 10 years at the American Legion hall in Perryville, Mo. This is her first time to serve as manager of a restaurant.

"I've been doing this work for many years, so when this opportunity came available I took a leap of faith and decided to try it."

Future plans for the cafe include extending the hours of operation and serving beer. The cafe, which Adams said is famous for its homemade pies, is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Starting next week the cafe will maintain the 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours.

You can reach Terri's Country Cafe at 573-788-2700.

* Altenburg winery reopens under new ownership: After being closed nearly five months, Tower Rock Winery & Vineyard in Altenburg, Mo., has reopened. New co-owner Nancy Hadler said the winery began serving customers again Sept. 12. Her son, Ben Tully, is the vintner and operations manager.

The winery has added inventory to its gift shop including wine and wine related-products.

"Part of our motivation for the winery is that my family is from this area," said Hadler, who has a number of relatives living in Perry County. "So it's kind of like old-home week when I travel back there from St. Louis on the weekends."

Cheryl and Bob Breuer established the vineyard 10 years ago. Hadler purchased the winery after Bob Breuer died in October.

You can visit the winery at 10769 Route A from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Southeast Missouri business reporter Brian Blackwell may be reached at 388-3628 or bblackwell@semissourian.com.<I>

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Had Qdoba in Arnold. I will give the menu one more try here but was not impressed with the food in Arnold although their staff and store was nice. Too Spicy for me!!

-- Posted by SAHD on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 8:07 AM

I've been to a Qdoba once -- my initial thoughts were -- sort of high priced for a subway version of a mexgrill. It was tastey though. I will try this new one out..

-- Posted by TommyStix on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 9:57 AM

Think Qdoba has spicy food, try Saffron's. No salt & pepper shakers on the table. Don't need them.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 1:52 PM

I want to start by saying I'm in no way associated with Qdoba. I'm just a fan.

That said, I often hear people complain about the cost. I think when you factor in the quality of the food and ingredients (they make much of the food from scratch), the cost is justified. When you consider that a giant burrito is a buck or so more than a $5 footlong (on which, nothing is made from scratch), it's a bargain. Not to mention, two people with average appetites could easily split a burrito.

-- Posted by hillbillyj on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 2:08 PM

It's "Saffron", not "Saffron's". The people who work there laugh at you every time you say that. Also, it is not particularly spicy with the possible exception of the green curry (or if you're a dumbass with the "wasabi").

-- Posted by Polisher on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 4:21 PM

Don't like Japanese horseradish either. Tried it in Kobe, and decided not to do it again.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 5:46 PM


Maybe you should work on your reading comprehension, since you are the grammar police.

"Think Qdoba has spicy food, try Saffron's."

Notice how the two restaurant names are used in ownership of the food. Saffron's, would be correct, but Qdoba is incorrect, it should be Qdoba's.

Perhaps a better way to write that sentence would be:

If you think the food at Qdoba is spicy, then you should try the food at Saffron.

Why can't I ever read a blog on this website without some know it all spouting off at the mouth?

-- Posted by crackpot on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 6:06 PM

Speaking of spouting off, anybody else seen any cockroaches at the Jackson El Torrero's? I about got carried off!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 6:16 PM

BRIAN- why was McDonalds (near Walmart) closed today?

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 8:41 PM

Finally a quality Mexican place! I was getting tired of the El Acapulco/Durango/Toreo/Casa Mexicano crap. It all tasted the same. SE Missouri - welcome to quality Mexican food. Hopefully you recognize and appreciate it. We don't need this quality restaurant closing within a couple of months.

-- Posted by gehagge on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 9:03 PM

I agree Crackpot. Who or whom cares if it is Saffron, Saffron's. I'm assuming that polisher works there, maybe he/she should spend less time laughing at people that say Saffron's and get busy doing their job. I used to go their for their sushi, but one could almost starve to death waiting to be served. Gave them several chances to improve after they got into the new location and it was the same every time. So polisher, quit polishing things off and get to work! SAFFRONS SAFFRONS SAFFRONS

-- Posted by thekid on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 1:03 AM

frazzled63701, there was a fire there. It's reopened as of 5 a.m. after shutting down at 3 p.m. Monday.

-- Posted by Brian_Blackwell on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 6:28 AM

Is Qdoba a sit down restaurant? Is it similar to a Subway or Blimpie where you order on a line and can take it home? Just trying to get a little info before heading there. I'm interested to try it though.

-- Posted by teacher_guy11 on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 10:30 AM

If you want the best Mexican food in town, try Muy Bueno!

-- Posted by PeggySue on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 10:33 AM

I agree with Peggy Sue. Muy Bueno is AWESOME authentic fare. Friendly owner and I love to support local business owners. However, I want to try Qudoba, I love a spicy dish!

Saffron is very good but I always get it to go mostly for the convenience. We can enjoy great food but make it more affordable for the family. Skipping $6-8 in drinks makes it more feasible and they have a drive through pick up window. I call about 20 minutes earlier and get it piping hot!

-- Posted by Happy2BHere on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 10:48 AM

You should have gone across the bridge to El Mexicano (pronounced meh-HEE-cano) in ECG, for authentic Mexican food. It's possible it would still be in business if the area's "Latin cuisine aficionados" would have patronized it instead of gobbling down the psuedo-ersatz stuff that's widely served around here! Currently, make the drive to the roadside taco stand in Vienna on the 146 just before the 24 for decent Mexican food. There might be a good shack in Cobden, too, but I haven't tried it. The most palatable Mex in Cape is Muy Bueno on Independence.

-- Posted by girardeaud on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 10:48 AM

Has anyone tried both Chipotle and Qdoba? I visited Chipotle quite a bit during my graduate school days but have yet to try Qdoba. My favorite kind of Mexican food is what you find in New Mexico.

-- Posted by Brian_Blackwell on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 11:35 AM

While I prefer Chipolte, I also like the food at Qdoba. I don't think it's too spicy but I don't request the hottest salsa they have either. I pick something that fits my palate and find that they have a range of options. I'm happy to have them here.

-- Posted by WorkerB on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 11:46 AM

Thanks for the info girareaud! I will try the roadside stand in Vienna next trip over.

Muy Bueno has some very good food. Not too sure I will try this qdoba grill!..Mrs. Wolf wants to though.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 11:46 AM

Brian, I think the burritos at Qdoba and at Chipotle are two of the same. Qdoba is like Chipotle with nachos... which are great.

Qdoba brings quality burritos into Cape where it has been lacking in this area for so long (maybe ever).

-- Posted by gehagge on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 12:29 PM

No, I don't work there. Yes, I should probably work on the reading comprehension; I did misunderstand. For some reason the possessive thing is a pet peeve of mine and it seems to happen more here in Cape than anywhere else I've been. I've already heard people talking about "Cain's" and they've only been open for what...a few weeks?

As for Japanese horseradish (wasabi), that I'm okay with. It's the "wasabi" in the US that gets me. It's basically horseradish with green coloring and is harsh compared to wasabi. They have real wasabi at Saffron, but they only ever get that out when the Japanese businessmen come around (for Biokyowa and whatnot).

I wanted to try El Mexicano, but they weren't open for long. Or I just didn't hear about them until it was too late. That location may be doomed, especially with the IL smoking laws.

-- Posted by Polisher on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 1:37 PM

I love, love, love Qdoba, and my children do too! I don't think it is too spicy at all, and their queso and quacamole are both incredible.... I am so excited we have a great new restaurant in Cape!

-- Posted by dancediva on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 1:41 PM

I went to Qdobe tonight. I found the food was quite tasty. Price wasn't bad. I would recommend it. Nice to see another choice to eat near the mall.

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 7:02 PM

How was the crowd! It took months for the crowd to thin out at Popeye's when they opened.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 8:37 PM

Eating a burrito and tortila soup from Qdoba right now. Very tasty~not very spicy. I will definetly go back!

-- Posted by PeggySue on Wed, Sep 23, 2009, at 1:50 PM

Qdoba is faux-Mexican fast food in a burrito, and is owned by Jack in the Box.

A Qdoba burrito contains over 1000 calories and over 2000mg of sodium. A side of chips there will run you another 500 calories & 700mg of sodium.

Try a taqueria in South City St. Louis for authentic Mexican.

-- Posted by FriendO on Wed, Sep 23, 2009, at 3:14 PM

What fast food restaurant doesn't have a ton of calories?

-- Posted by gehagge on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 1:11 PM


-- Posted by BananaEater on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 10:03 AM

Looks like the place is a hit. Hopefully the patrons keep coming past the first month.

-- Posted by gehagge on Thu, Oct 1, 2009, at 8:43 AM

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