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Novel Dallas sandwich shop clinches dream location downtown

Novel Dallas sandwich shop clinches dream location downtown

Wrap sandwich at Bread Zeppelin restaurant in Irving
Dallas downtowners will get a bite of this unique sandwich in fall 2016. Photo courtesy of Bread Zeppelin

Dallas-based chain Bread Zeppelin, known for its novel approach to sandwiches, will finally have a store in Dallas proper when a branch opens in the very center of downtown this fall.

The chain, which debuted in Las Colinas in 2013, will open at 1300 Main St., at the corner of Field. This lies within one of the prime "walkable" zones in the Central Business District, across from Frankie's and on the same block as City Tavern and Which Wich.

Co-founders Troy Charhon and Andrew Schoellkopf confirm that they took possession of the space and hope to be open by October. "We finally have a store in Dallas," Charhon says jubilantly. "We'd been looking for over a year."

Bread Zeppelin's twist is that it uses hollowed-out baguettes for its unique sandwiches. You order your zeppelin, and the bread is quickly baked to order. The center of the warm, crusty baguette is removed, and the cavity is stuffed with fillings such as chicken Caesar or the its most popular, the Southwest, with avocado, tomato, corn, black beans, cotija cheese, romaine lettuce, and a dressing of blue cheese or avocado ranch.

Charhon and Schoellkopf, friends since high school, noted an increasing demand for salad in their jobs at Central Market and Eatzi's and devised this unusual way to eat them.

The downtown branch is going into a space that was once the Greek greasy spoon Anton Cafe and most recently was a short-lived hot dog place called Motor City Coney Island. Although its signature item is unique, there is no shortage of street-side sandwiches in that area, with a Subway one block away on Field, a Lenny's Sub Shop two blocks away on Jackson, and the aforementioned Which Wich. There were two Capriotti's, but they pulled out of the Dallas market in 2015.

Downtown is not the only new store activity for Bread Zeppelin: Charhon says there are more openings in the works, including Southlake in the spring and The Colony in the fall.