November 02, 2012 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO, Ill. - Potbelly Sandwich Shop will open its doors at 802 SW 6th Ave. in Portland Nov. 6 at 10:00 a.m., which will give downtown-area residents the chance to experience the lively, neighborhood hang-out that makes Potbelly Sandwich Shop “The Best Place for Lunch.” Potbelly will open its second Portland-area location a week later in Hillsboro, at 2096 NW Stucki Ave., Nov. 13. Two neighborhood shops will mean twice the fun, fantastic food and excitement.
Known for its good vibes in addition to great sandwiches, live music has been a part of the Potbelly experience since the first shop opened in 1977. Neighborhood musicians put a little rhythm into lunch by performing live at Potbelly Sandwich Shops around the country. In celebration of the downtown Portland shop opening, the 6th & Yamhill Potbelly Sandwich Shop is teaming up with Meals On Wheels for a pre-opening event, the Oven Warming Party, to raise funds for the organization. The Meals On Wheels kitchen is only one-half mile from the new Potbelly shop.
“I am excited to open Portland’s first Potbelly Sandwich Shop,” said Tamar Aguilar, general manager of the Portland shop. “We hope to have an ongoing partnership with Meals On Wheels. Being involved with our neighbors is part of what makes Potbelly such a great place to work, eat and hang out. We love being part of the neighborhood, and getting to know our customers’ names, as well as what they enjoy and what they do. Plus, we have terrific sandwiches to go along with the good vibes—the Pizza Sandwich is my favorite,” Aguilar said.
The Hillsboro shop will partner with the local Habitat for Humanity location during its pre-opening Oven Warming event. Proceeds from the event will help Habitat continue its work in the community.
“We chose to partner with Habitat for Humanity because of the positive effect it has on many people’s lives—from the volunteers who help build homes to the people whose lives are immeasurably improved by the organization,” said Mike Hart, general manager of the Hillsboro Potbelly Sandwich Shop. “I am thrilled to get to meet and know our neighbors. In addition to our relationships with them, it is the food and atmosphere that make the Potbelly experience so great. The sandwiches are dynamic and flavorful, and the store is a fun place to work and visit,” Hart said.
Potbelly has built a passionate, loyal following of fans who spread the word about the fun, energetic atmosphere and great food. The unique Potbelly experience is defined by its combination of toasty warm sandwiches, hand-dipped shakes, tasty made-to-order salads, as well as friendly and lively people.
From its humble beginnings as a small antique store on Chicago's North Side in 1977, Potbelly has grown from one to more than 250 shops serving neighborhoods in 17 states. Potbelly has built its reputation as a mealtime hangout spot, where great food, friends, eclectic décor and live, local music combine to create an atmosphere unlike any other. For more information, visit www.potbelly.com.
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. MOWAA is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states as well as the U.S. territories. MOWAA’s vision is to end senior hunger by 2020. To obtain more information about MOWAA or to locate a local Meals On Wheels program, visit the MOWAA website at www.mowaa.org.
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.Habitat.org, follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.