Word of Mouth

Snarf's prepares to take over the world, one sandwich at a time

Snarf's first location was a shack in Boulder, but it's quickly moving on to bigger and better things. The sandwich chain expanded to Denver in 2009, and in December it opened a Westminster store at 120th and Tejon.

"We have six locations total that are open now and we have two more locations opening this spring, and we are planning to move to Chicago this spring, too," says regional manager Amy McCall.

And that's just the start. "We are planning on taking over the world," McCall confirms. The next two locations, both owner-operated like the rest of the Snarf's stores, will open in Denver: in the Spire building at 891 14th Street and at 38th and Sheridan. "The Spire is a brand-new building and they are using the space as offices right now," McCall explains. "So the Spire location might be ready before the one in Highland, but we are not sure yet."

The Highland spot is a former Chinese take-out place -- but Snarf's won't be removing the pagoda top, and it will keep the parking and add a patio. "We are going to keep the structure the same," she says. "We like that they are all different. We want to utilize the shape and not make a bunch of trash."

While the Snarf's spaces may look different, "our menus are the same in all our locations," McCall says. But then, why mess with success? The Capitol Hill location that opened last spring has been the "best opening ever," she adds, crediting the University of Colorado alums who got in the Snarf's habit while in Boulder.

"Every time we go to a new area, we don't know what to expect," says McCall. "But we have always been successful. We take all walks of life; we treat everyone with the same respect; we just do everything the same."

That's the Snarf's blueprint for world domination. But before it takes over the globe, Snarf's will have to blanket the state. ""We are looking at another location downtown and we are hoping to go to Fort Collins," McCall confides. "I think they need us."

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