Iconic Sandwich Shop Closes
Sandwich City, the iconic lunch spot near the corner of 10th and Ellis streets that became known as a meeting place for local politicians over the years, has closed its doors.
The restaurant was open for 45 years.
“This decision to close has been after months of deliberation and careful thought and analysis of what the future holds for Sandwich City,” Andrea Connell Gibbs, whose family owns the restaurant, wrote in an email. “We were at a crossroads with whether or not to invest in costly new equipment and renovations and concluding if our ‘meat and three’ concept will continue to be a draw in the downtown area, with all of the new growth that is happening.”
Connell said the family has decided “to move forward with figuring out what is the best use for our property,” but that “it is too early to say which direction we will take.” She added that the sandwich shop’s staff of four was given severance pay to help them relocate.
The Connell family also owns the 302 10th St building that comprises Sandwich City and a few other businesses. The family also owns three parking lots around the building, parts of which it leases to other businesses.
A sign on Sandwich City’s door reads “Our family at Sandwich City would like to thank our many loyal customers for their continued support over the past 45 years. It is with heavy hearts we have decided to close our doors to pursue other opportunities with our property. With the tremendous growth of downtown, we are looking forward to remaining committed to being part of this historic transformation for years to come. Again, thank you for your support.”
Head of operations Brian McKinney took over management of Sandwich City when the former owner Jack Connell, who served 34 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and owned multiple businesses downtown, died in 2013.
“Sandwich City is very close to my heart mostly because of my father,” Connell said. “He is my hero and we were very close so you can imagine the sleepless nights that I have had in making this decision. It was hard for me to close Sandwich City, but I am sure that if dad was still here today, together, we would be in agreement and would be making decisions as to what are the best future plans for our property.”
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