First Look: Potbelly Sandwich Shop opens in University Hills

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All photos by Lori Midson.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop, which got its start in Chicago in 1977, originally as Potbelly Sandwich Works, a small antique store run by a young couple who began making sandwiches for their customers, has arrived in Denver, opening its first Mile High outpost in the University Hills Shopping Center. The Denver sandwich shop, one of more than 300 across the country, is now overseen by Potbelly chairman Bryant Keil, whose sandwich board trumpets eleven "signature" and "favorite" combinations, as as well as a "build-your-own" list of ingredients. And the joint is cheap: All of the sandwiches, which are toasted, are under $5. A slew of salads, plus chili, seasonal soups, hand-dipped shakes, malts and smoothies and fresh-baked chocolate cookies, round out the menu.

The fast-casual space, bedecked with a pressed tin ceiling and a potbelly stove, is splashed with orange paint muraled with jutted Rocky Mountains, city skyscrapers and railroad cars, and there are plenty of other local accents, too, including tables embossed with names of Colorado sports teams and black-and-white photos of the city's landscape back in the day.

There are several more stores planned for the Denver metro area, including one on the 16th Street Mall, another in Lakewood and a fourth store at 965 South Colorado Boulevard.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Here's a first look at the quarters.

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Location Info

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

2720 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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Jake Higgins
Jake Higgins

Sandwiches are good. Not the biggest though. I could probably eat two in one sitting and I'm not that big of a guy

Julie Anne
Julie Anne

Erenn gross remember when we found that hairy ball of scabs in our soup.

Rose Clark
Rose Clark

Don't forget Dad doesn't eat pork. I am assuming it is pork. Sounds good.

GregLJK
GregLJK

Went there for lunch today, was not impressed. Prices are good but sandwich was meh at best. I'll stick with Which Wich. Those are some darn good sandwiches.

Lisa Bryant
Lisa Bryant

YAY! We have anxiously been waiting.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

OMG, holy crap. Another chain restaurant putting out cheaply made sandwiches made by minimum wage employees. 

I can't wait to go. I can almost taste the preservatives and sodium. 

Shain Bowman
Shain Bowman

Wish the website would work to see the menu.

Ava Marcea Brown
Ava Marcea Brown

I was literally just craving one of those milkshakes. About gosh dang time

Doug Murphy
Doug Murphy

They are VERY good. If you are looking to get a potbelly.

Brings A
Brings A

Todd Weisenstein wanna come back?

Miki Manning
Miki Manning

Lol, I am a Southwest flight attendant, and I highly recommend it also!

Miki Manning
Miki Manning

Yay! You can make the Mediterranean vegan by getting it on white bread, and having the cheese left off, and don't forget to add mushrooms!

Sarah Hartner Behnen
Sarah Hartner Behnen

so delicious!! SO excited! can't wait till they open more closer to downtown. definitely one of my favorite sandwich shops ever

Tom Baldini
Tom Baldini

mmmm get the wreck with giardiniera you won't be disappointed

bondad_prevalece
bondad_prevalece

Lived in DC for a semester and this place became a regular haunt. I don't really make it down to south Denver often though.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

I'll try it out today.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

They have quite a few meat choices actually. Their name is a reference to a type of stove :)

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

@WillieStortz 

I tried the place out yesterday and the sandwiches were pretty good.  Also, most sandwich makers only make minimum wage.  THEY MAKE SANDWICHES, for God's sake.

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