CHICAGO - Potbelly Sandwich Shop will open its doors at two new Baltimore locations—1201 N. Charles St. on March 12 and 3201 Saint Paul St. on March 26. This will give residents in the Mount Vernon and Charles Village areas the chance to experience the lively, neighborhood hangouts that make Potbelly Sandwich Shops “The Best Place for Lunch.”
Jeremy Messersmith is the general manager at the University of Baltimore location in Mount Vernon. “Potbelly was my first job when I turned 16,” he said. “I started out in College Park when it was the newest store in the company. I was still in high school working only a few nights a week.” Messersmith has been a Potbelly fan since that first job, working at several shops and working his way up to his current position and opening a new location. “I could not be more excited to join the Mount Vernon neighborhood,” Messersmith said. “Because it is one of Baltimore’s most historical and art-driven neighborhoods, Potbelly’s antique history will fit in great here.”
Jessica Byars is the general manager at the Johns Hopkins University shop to open in the Charles Village neighborhood. “I am beyond thrilled to be opening a shop in Baltimore,” said Byars. “Baltimore is really a special place, and each unique neighborhood has something extraordinary that helps make this city so charming! Charles Village is known for its pastel row homes, Johns Hopkins University and the culture of the ever-expansive art district in Baltimore. The students populate the surrounding area of the new shop, as it finds its home right across from the Johns Hopkins University campus. I think that Potbelly’s neighborhood sandwich shop feel will truly match the spirit this neighborhood brings to Baltimore.”
Both new shops will partner with Music is Medicine during their pre-opening events to raise funds for the organization. “I thought this was the perfect partner for our Oven Warming event because of its relation to the hospital and the school as well as being a cause that I am extremely passionate about,” Byars said. “I have personally seen the effects music can have on the morale and health of patients and I am committed to the effects Music is Medicine can deliver.”
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. Musicians interested in performing at the newest Baltimore Potbelly Shops should contact the individual shop managers.
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 and tasty made-to-order salads, as well as friendly and lively people. “Potbelly is a unique experience unlike any other fast-casual restaurant,” Messersmith said. “Our atmosphere has to be one of the greatest parts of the Potbelly experience. From the moment you walk into a Potbelly, you feel welcomed—the smell of great food, the neighborhood, décor and the warm, friendly smiles that greet you make Potbelly an irresistible experience.”
These are the first Potbelly Sandwich Shops to open in the each of the neighborhoods. The Mount Vernon neighborhood location is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The hours at the Charles Village neighborhood shop will be Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
From its humble beginnings as a small antique store on Chicago's North Side in 1977, Potbelly has grown from one to more than 260 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 or access the company press kit from the Potbelly Press Room.
Music is Medicine (c/o Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center) harnesses the power of music to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer. The organization’s Donate a Song project matches a professional artist with a pediatric cancer patient. The artist then writes an original song for the child that is sold publicly to inspire and raise awareness for childhood cancer.