CHICAGO (Aug. 20, 2013) - Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened its doors at 2130 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Aug. 27. This will give Highland Park-area residents the chance to experience the lively, neighborhood hangout that makes Potbelly Sandwich Shop "The Best Place for Lunch."
Ryan Haas is the general manager and has been with Potbelly for nearly seven years, having previously managed the Rosedale Center shop. "I love that the Highland Park neighborhood has that ‘small town’ feel while being located inside of a large city," Haas said. "Highland Park is a historic neighborhood and I know Potbelly will fit right in with the neighbors."
The new shop will partner with Boys & Girls Club during its pre-opening event, the Oven Warming Party, to raise awareness and funds for the organization. "We chose the Boys & Girls Club as a partner because of all the work they do with our city’s youth," Haas said. "They provide a safe and fun learning environment for kids, and are helping keep them focused on academic success and bright futures. These are kids who could eventually have careers with Potbelly."
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. "We will have live music during our Oven Warming event and on our grand opening day," Haas said. "After that, we will have live performances three days a week. The schedule is being finalized, so make sure to check our website for updates." Musicians interested in performing at the new Highland Park Potbelly should contact the shop manager.
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. "Potbelly is like no other sandwich shop out there," Haas said. "Our sandwiches are, without a doubt, the best around. You start with meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh every day and add our fresh veggies—you can’t forget our famous hot peppers! Grilled chicken salads made to order with fresh ingredients are a huge hit; fresh-baked cookies are soft and gooey; milk shakes, malts and smoothies are hand dipped, not poured into a cup by pulling a lever. This great food is all tied together inside a place that is warm and welcoming, cozy even. Try Potbelly once and you’ll be a fan. I was after the first time I ate at Potbelly—it’s the reason I eventually came to work here."
This is the newest Potbelly Sandwich Shop to open in the Twin Cities area, the first in Highland Park. The shop will staff approximately 20 employees and managers and will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
From its humble beginnings as a small antique store on Chicago's North Side in 1977, Potbelly has grown from one to more than 280 shops serving neighborhoods in 18 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.
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org ) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.
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