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Potbelly Sandwich Shop opens in Lawrence; Zaxby’s and Slim Chickens coming soon

Potbelly Sandwich Shop, which recently opened in Lawrence, serves a toasted turkey breast sandwich with the customer’s choice of mayo, brown mustard, hot peppers, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, oil and Italian seasoning. The sandwiches come in two sizes: Original or Big.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop, which recently opened in Lawrence, serves a toasted turkey breast sandwich with the customer’s choice of mayo, brown mustard, hot peppers, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, oil and Italian seasoning. The sandwiches come in two sizes: Original or Big. sgish@kcstar.com

Here’s a bite of good news for Lawrence fans of Potbelly Sandwich Shop, a Chicago-based chain known for made-to-order toasted sandwiches: Potbelly is now open at 1618 W. 23rd St.

The sandwich shop, which occupies the former Dunn Brothers Coffee shop, serves specialties such as A Wreck, a sandwich stacked with salami, roast beef, turkey, ham and Swiss cheese. The menu also features salads such as the Farmhouse, a bed of greens topped with grilled chicken, hard-boiled egg, bacon, blue cheese, tomatoes, red onion and cucumber.

I’m a fan of Potbelly’s soup (the broccoli cheddar is a favorite) and chili, as well as the hand-dipped shakes (the Oreo is amazing).

Since Potbelly opened its first location in Chicago in 1996, the chain has expanded to 400 locations across the country. The chain entered the Kansas City market in 2013 when it opened a Country Club Plaza location.

The Lawrence location is decorated with mismatched tables, retro lamps, a potbelly stove and photos of Kansas greats such as Amelia Earhart, Paul Rudd and James Naismith.

Potbelly isn’t the only chain expanding to Lawrence in 2017. Zaxby’s, a Southern chicken chain known for fingers, wings and sandwiches, is under construction at 4661 Bauer Farm Drive. Slim Chickens, also known for its chicken tenders, is renovating a former KFC nearby at 701 Wakarusa Drive. Slim Chickens also makes a mean Chicken & Waffles.

Need more Lawrence dining options? Here are six chains that added Larryville locations in 2016.

▪ Pie Five Pizza, 2500 Iowa St.

▪ Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, 2560 Iowa St.

▪ Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, 2435 Iowa St.

▪ Spin Neopolitan Pizza, 525 Wakarusa Drive

▪ Texas Roadhouse, 2329 Iowa St., Suite T

▪ Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, 2540 Iowa St., Suite N

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