^
Keep Westword Free
4

The Snarf's Empire Expands With a New Sandwich Shop Opening on 38th Avenue

Snarf's doesn't often come up on the list of Colorado's fast-casual exports. While the image of the the a funky little sandwich shop that started in Boulder in 1996 under the guidance of sandwich fanatic Jim Seidel is still important to the company, Snarf's has slowly been infiltrating Denver's neighborhoods -- and beyond. With the most recent branch of Snarf's set to open at 38th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in the next few weeks, the list has grown to 21 current and under-construction locations, with eight of those outside of Colorado -- Austin, Chicago and St. Louis, to be exact.

See also: Block & Larder, From the Owners of Freshcraft, Opens on Tennyson Street

"Our model is to fit into the neighborhood," says Seidel. "We're not trying to cookie-cutter these things." Out of all of the current Snarf's, only one is located in a new build; the others have all gone into renovated properties with historic or retro charm. The new Snarf's, straddling the edge of the West Highland and Berkeley neighborhoods, make use of a pagoda-roofed building that was once part of a chain of a dozen or so convenience stores in the middle of the last century.

"It's going to be one of our coolest," Seidel states. "It's a cool, funky building that needed to be preserved."

Work on the run-down, former convenience store has been slow, he adds. "It never goes as planned. I bought that building five years ago."

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

In addition to this location, Snarf's is expanding in Boulder, with stores in progress on Table Mesa Drive and in Gunbarrel. Seidel is also working on a lease in the Denver Tech Center. A third store just opened in Chicago, with a fourth on its way, and he just inked two deals in Austin. What do all of the locations have in common? "I grew up in St. Louis," say Seidel. "And after college I lived in Chicago for ten years." As for Austin, he adds: "It's so much like Boulder -- funky, cool and laid back."


Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.