The first Potbelly Sandwich Works Shop was opened in 1977 within a small antique store in Chicago by Peter Hastings. More people began visiting the shop to buy warmed gourmet sandwiches than to buy antiques. Inside the shop there was a potbelly stove thus the name Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
Bryant Keil bought the original store from Hastings for 1.7 million in 1996 because he was already in the food service business and the lines were always out the door (to buy a sandwich not antiques) Keil opened the second Potbelly, at 303 W. Madison St., in 1997.
Today there are over 400 gourmet sandwich shops across America in 32 states.
Potbelly hours of operation vary by location of course but many of the shops have the following hours plus or minus an hour or two.
Open daily at 10 am and close at 9 pm.
And for you Potbelly secret menu item fans here are few sandwiches to order if you want to go roque:
Fireball -meatball ,cheddar chili and hot peppers
Cheeseburger - Meatballs, cheddar, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.
Sicilian - Italian and then add meatballs, mushrooms, marinara, Provolone, and hot peppers.
Black and Bleu - roast beef, bleu cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
Chicken Cordon Bleu - grilled chicken, ham, and Swiss
Barnyard - a Wreck plus Nueske's bacon, meatballs, mayo, lettuce, and tomato.
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