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A Las Vegas-Based Sandwich Empire Has Big Plans for Chicago

Capriotti’s could open 30 Chicago-area locations over five years

Capriotti’s on Wabash

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the Las Vegas-based chain that opened its first Chicago location in October has big plans for this market. The company intends on opening a second shop in December at 170 Aberdeen St. in Fulton Market, according to a spokeswoman. The company described that openings as the first phase of larger expansion. Capriotti’s claims there is room for 30 Capriottti’s restaurants in the Chicago and suburbs over the next five years.

The company- and franchise-owned chain began in 1976 and is a nearly-ubiquitous presence off the Las Vegas strip. It specialties include house-roasted turkey for subs such as its best-seller “The Bobbie” — a turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo sandwich served on a soft roll. The Tribune reported back in October that the Chicago location, 180 N. Wabash Ave., was the first Capriotti’s to serve breakfast.

The company says it has more than 100 fast-casual locations throughout the country, but it claims on track to open 500 locations by 2025 through franchising its stores. The chains aren’t thriving right now. Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwiches could soon go up for sale after struggling fiscal reports, as reported by various news outlets including Crain’s. Can Chicago support another sandwich chain? Stay tuned.