Qdoba, Starbucks set to open on Hinkleville Road Monday
- By DAVE THOMPSON email@example.com
- Mar 9, 2018 Updated 9 hrs ago
With Paducah’s first Qdoba restaurant set to opens its doors Monday on Hinkleville Road, owner Tony Page finds himself in the same space from which he ran a different restaurant in the ’80s and ’90s.
Page formerly operated the El Chico restaurant that stood in the space now occupied by Qdoba, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches near the Kentucky Oaks Mall.
A free-standing Starbuck’s shop next to the trio of new restaurants is also set to open Monday. The Five Guys location opened earlier this year.
“I never dreamed that this (space) would become available. We were looking at every nook and cranny,” said Page, who already operates a Qdoba location in Murray.
Making the occasion even more special for Page, his son, Jay Page, will operate the Jimmy John’s next door. It’s expected to open in early April.
Including the two Hinkleville Road locations, the Page family has brought more than 10 franchises to the area, Page said.
“It’s kind of special to have this restaurant on the same property (as the old restaurant),” said the younger Page, who also operates the Jimmy John’s location on Lone Oak Road.
Father and son each also has agreements to franchise the respective stores further into Kentucky and Illinois.
“It works pretty well that we can go into one building and share the area,” said Tony Page.
He said he still has trouble believing he’s in his old location with his son running a business in the adjoining space.
“I stood out front the other day and had cold chills,” Page said.
Kathryn Meisinger, who manages Paducah’s other Jimmy John’s location and will manage the new location as well, said she expects very good business.
“My predictions are that that (new) store is going to probably do twice the business that this store (Lone Oak Road) does,” she said.
“All the hotels in the delivery area, plus all the employees stuck in their retail position on their lunch break, we’re gonna blow out deliveries.”