That Slow-Roasted Turkey Smell is Chicago’s First Capriotti’s

First 100 Guests in Line Receive Free “The Bobbie” Sandwiches for a

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Capastrami–Thanksgiving will come about a month early this year in downtown
Chicago. Capriotti’s
Sandwich Shop
, known for its award-winning, hand crafted sandwiches,
will celebrate its Illinois debut on Friday, Oct. 28 by giving the first
100 guests in line free 9” The Bobbie sandwiches for a year. The Bobbie,
the shop’s acclaimed best-seller, is made with homemade turkey,
cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo on a soft roll.

Committed to creating mouthwatering, homemade subs and sandwiches made
with the freshest ingredients, Capriotti’s of Chicago will continue the
brand’s 40-year tradition of slow-roasting whole all-natural turkeys
in-house every night. The turkeys are then hand-shredded every morning
to be featured in a variety of Capriotti’s fan-favorite subs.

While The Bobbie is a signature item, the restaurant, located at 180 N.
Wabash Ave. in downtown Chicago, also features a wide array of
award-winning sandwiches including the Capastrami, made with hot
pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and homemade cole slaw and
vegetarian subs like the Veggie Cole Turkey, made with hot vegetarian
turkey, provolone cheese, Russian dressing, cole slaw and mayo. The
Chicago Capriotti’s will also serve a variety of salads and is the first
among the fast-casual brand’s 100 locations to offer a breakfast menu
with options such as steak and egg and pastrami and egg served on
delicious soft rolls.

The new Chicago location is owned by seasoned restauranteurs Craig
Garofalo and Andy Poch. After attending culinary school at Kendall
College, the two best friends managed a variety of well-known high-end
restaurants around the country and abroad. But when it came time to
consider opening their own place, Garofalo turned to the authentic
sandwich shop his Italian family grew up with: Capriotti’s. Since Poch
had never tried the restaurant before, Garofalo took him on a road trip
over the Wisconsin border to try Capriotti’s Sandwiches at three
locations. Poch was instantly drawn in by Capriotti’s commitment to
quality, unique flavors and fresh ingredients.

“As trained chefs, it was important to us to choose a franchise brand
that focuses on fresh, quality food,” Poch said. “The sandwiches are
unique and original, unlike any other creations you would find
elsewhere. We actually crave the food and drive several hours to get a
Capastrami or a Cheese Steak.”

Garofalo added, “Chicago is a foodie market. We wanted to bring them
something truly special. It was important to Andy and I to open a place
where we truly enjoy the food ourselves and felt proud of what we are
serving. Capriotti’s met both requirements.”

In fact, Poch and Garofalo plan to open at least two more downtown

“Bringing Capriotti’s to a new market is an exciting move for our brand,
and we’re confident that Chicagoans will quickly fall in love with our
food,” said Ashley Morris, CEO of Capriotti’s. “Andy and Craig are
extremely qualified restauranteurs. They are going to do us proud in

Capriotti’s is located at 180 N. Wabash Ave., at the southwest corner of
Lake and Wabash, and is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 10 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more about
Capriotti’s, please visit

About Capriotti’s Sandwich Company

Founded in 1976, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, is an award-winning sandwich
shop that remains true to their 40 year tradition of slow-roasting
whole, all natural turkeys in-house every day. Capriotti’s fresh
ingredients, homemade subs and unique menu items have won numerous
accolades including being named one of the “10 Great Places for a
Surprising Sandwich” by USA Today and many “Best of” awards across the
country. Capriotti’s cold, grilled and vegetarian subs, cheese steaks
and salads are available at 100 locations in 18 states and federal
districts across the U.S. including: Arizona, California, Delaware,
Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska,
Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington,
Wisconsin and Washington D.C. Capriotti’s signature sub, The Bobbie®,
was voted “The Greatest Sandwich in America” by thousands of readers
across the country and reported by Capriotti’s fans can also
download the CAPAddicts Rewards app for iOS and Android, where they can
earn and redeem rewards. For more information, visit

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