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Potbelly closes after 16 years in Shenkman Hall

Krishna Rajpara | Photographer
As officials prepared to open an all-you-can-eat dining hall in Shenkman Hall next academic year, Potbelly had been the only existing vendor to remain in the building.

Updated: March 24, 2022 at 11:32 a.m.

Potbelly, a Shenkman Hall dining staple for more than 15 years, has permanently closed its shop on campus.

Potbelly’s closure, which was announced with a hand-written sign taped to the restaurant’s door, comes weeks after the closure of another GWorld vendor housed in Shenkman Hall – Asian restaurant Teashi, which was located in the building’s basement. Officials have previously said Potbelly would be the only vendor to remain in Shenkman next year as part of the transition to a new unlimited dining system – which will open three new dining halls this fall in residence halls, including Shenkman.

Assistant Dean of Students Seth Weinshel confirmed to The Hatchet that the GWorld vendors’ departure is connected to the transition to the University’s new dining system.

The University was planning to revitalize Potbelly with a “new retail concept” as part of the dining overhaul prior to its closure.

“Thank you for a great 16 years at the Buff and Blue,” the sign reads.

Potbelly originally moved into Shenkman Hall in June 2006 when the building was known as Ivory Tower. Potbelly opened its doors after a 17-month legal battle with the building’s previous sandwich shop – Coggins Sandwich Manufactory – which allegedly infringed on Potbelly’s trademarks.

This post was updated to include the following:
This post was updated to refer to a statement from Weinshel.

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