Potbelly Sandwich Shop is famous for its submarine sandwiches and it is finally coming to Nevada.
The restaurant was started by a young couple in a Chicago antique store in 1977 and the name was derived from the old-fashioned potbelly stoves, which were common in northern homes in the 19th century.
In 1996, a Chicago entrepreneur discovered and purchased the antique store where the sandwiches were made. By 2003, he was named Illinois Restaurateur of the Year.
Since then, the restaurant has spread to almost all parts of the country such as Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, Washington, D.C., and even Wisconsin. There are almost 400 locations worldwide and has developed a cult-like following.
Each of the shops has a "toasty" decor, but no two shops look the same. According to the company's website, most of their meats and cheeses are hand-sliced in their shops and freshness is a priority for their breads, vegetables and everything they sell.
They also promise fast service, moving customers through lines within minutes.
The restaurant chain is also known for having live music.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop has signed an agreement with casino owner Eric Persson to enter the Las Vegas market.
Persson, who owns 40 stand-alone restaurants in the Las Vegas area and 10 casinos in Washington state, is planning to open 10 locations.
Persson is also planning to open 40 Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. locations in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Seattle over the next 3 years.