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Our Story

Long before sandwiches were toasted and cookies were on straws, Peter Hastings and his wife owned an antique shop in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. This quirky shop was doing well, but the determined pair knew they could always do better. In 1977, they decided to start serving sandwiches to their curious, collecting customers. As time passed, the little antique shop slowly turned into the neighborhood lunchtime getaway. With lines reaching out the door and around the corner, customers enjoyed toasty warm sandwiches, homemade desserts and even live music in this unique atmosphere.

In 1996, entrepreneur Bryant Keil purchased the original shop and set out to spread the Potbelly love across the country, creating shops with the same neighborhood feel as the original. Today, the Potbelly magic continues as a publically traded company, with more than 400 neighborhood Potbelly Sandwich Shops across the globe.

The Potbelly Stove

We're pretty certain that we own the title of World's Largest Collector of Antique Stoves since there is one in each shop. For many years, potbelly stoves warmed millions of homes and acted as gathering places– warm little outposts where local people could share a meal and some conversation. Potbelly stoves might be a thing of the past, but you can still find the same warmth and good vibes at a Potbelly Sandwich Shop in your neighborhood.

Our Promise

Fresh, Fast & Friendly. We don’t use these words lightly.

Fresh starts every morning. Before a single sandwich is toasted or salad is crafted we're preparing fresh veggies, meats and cheese and sending a fresh batch of cookies through the oven– because we know fresh food makes you smile!

Your time is precious. Lunch time is “YOU” time, it's not standing-in-line time! At Potbelly we know that nobody gets a lunch "hour" anymore– that's why we get you through the line fast, so you can put the “YOU” back in lunch.

Friendly folks and the welcoming warmth of a potbelly stove are always here to greet you. Potbelly lets you leave the world behind. It’s a friendly oasis and a comfy hangout. You can pull up a chair, enjoy the unique neighborhood décor and relax to some good tunes played live. Hang out, leave happy.

Food Loving

We believe you can taste the difference when simple, high-quality ingredients are used. Whole roasted turkey breast. Angus roast beef. Grilled all-natural chicken. Albacore tuna. Authentic Italian meats.

We are committed to other quality ingredients as well. From vine-ripened tomatoes and crispy cucumbers sliced each morning, to authentic roasted red peppers, tangy crumbled blue cheese and chicken salad hand-made in-shop.

We also fire up the ovens every morning and bake fresh batches of our original recipe cookies. Crispy on the outside with a chewy center, Potbelly cookies are the ultimate sweet treat. We don’t skimp on the size either, so you have lots to enjoy!

We are passionate about serving awesome food...great tasting, high quality ingredients made just right with the highest standards in food safety. We'll make your order just the way you want it. Crafted by people who love great food– for people who love great food.