Earl of Sandwich Franchise Overview
About Earl of Sandwich
Founded in 2004, Earl of Sandwich® is an Orlando, Florida-based fast-casual restaurant franchise that pays tribute to the art of sandwiches with fresh-baked artisan bread and the finest ingredients for its hot sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, wraps, pizza breads and freshly baked desserts. Co-founded by John Montagu, a direct descendent of the of the actual Earl of Sandwich, and Robert Earl, founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood®, the restaurant chain currently has more than 30 restaurants open and operating in 13 states, and one in France.
Earl of Sandwich is a collaboration between Robert Earl and a direct descendant of the fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, who is credited with inventing the sandwich in 1762. As First Sea Lord, he commanded the mighty British Navy, was a noted explorer, and also a dedicated gambler with a love of day long card games. This lead to little time for food, so he came up with the ingenious idea of putting meat between two slices of bread. From then on it did not matter if you were fighting a great sea battle or laying down a Royal Flush, you could eat great food without too much fuss. Now, more than 240 years later, John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich and his son Orlando are re-inventing and reclaiming their culinary namesake.
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