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No one knows for sure, but we’re pretty certain that we own the title since there is one in each of our shops around the country. Potbelly stoves were used extensively in stores and other public places during the late 1800s and early 1900s. They were gathering places in homes and communities, warm little outposts where local people could share a meal and some conversation.
While the stoves might be a thing of the past, you can still find the same warmth and good vibes at a Potbelly Sandwich Shop in your neighborhood. It’s a symbol of what we are. It’s a place where folks gather to grab toasted sandwiches and freshly prepared salads, catch a local musician, enjoy a hand-dipped shake and maybe even make some new friends. We’re not just in your neighborhood, we’re your neighborhood sandwich shop. How it All Began – A quiet antique store turns into a happening sandwich shop
Long before the sandwiches were toasted and cookies were on the straws, there was a young couple who owned an antique shop. This quirky shop of memories was doing well, but the determined pair knew they could always do better.
They decided to start serving lunch to their curious, collecting customers. Little did they know that the simple sandwiches served in this unique atmosphere would cause such a fuss, with lines reaching out the door and around the corner. As time passed the “little antique shop that could” was slowly turning into quite the lunchtime getaway, complete with toasty warm sandwiches, homemade desserts and even live music.
In 1996, an ambitious, entrepreneurial young man named Bryant Keil bought the original store on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Together with his team, Bryant set out to spread the Potbelly love across the country, creating shops with the same neighborhood feel as the original.
Today, the magic continues with more than 400 Potbelly Sandwich Shops in neighborhoods around the country.