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Potbelly's to open in Munster

Musician David Hutchins performs at the Highland Potbelly. The Chicago-based chain is opening a Munster location Dec. 21.

MUNSTER — If you like Italian subs or tuna or roast beef or meatballs or turkey breast on toasted bread, you’ll be heartened to know Potbelly Sandwich Shop will soon open in Munster.

The new sandwich shop at 9148 Calumet Ave. will open on Dec. 21, and a Starbucks also is slated nearby. The arrival of Potbelly is especially good news if you work nearby, since Potbelly will deliver any orders of more than $15.

Potbelly will employ about 20 people at the lunch-oriented restaurant, which also has salads, milkshakes and live music. The chain started in an antique store on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago in 1977 and now has more than 300 locations across the country, including in Highland, Merrillville and Homewood.

Art Rudder, who’s worked for the company for the past dozen years, will serve as general manager.

“We couldn’t be more excited to open an additional shop in Munster,” Rudder said.

“There is already plenty of local awareness and people are just really happy about getting to try Potbelly’s toasty, warm sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and market-fresh salads.”

The restaurant typically does a heavy lunch business, and invites musicians to come play at lunchtime.

“There is no doubt we are going to be a welcome addition to the area,” Rudder said. “Local friends, families and business professionals will be sure to consider Potbelly Sandwich Shop as a lunchtime getaway.”

An over-warming event, or a soft opening where all the proceeds will go to Munster High School, is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and later from 5:30 to 7.

Potbelly will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.