Is Z Burger Going to Expand into Sandwiches?

by Prince Of Petworth — February 23, 2012 at 4:29 am 25 Comments

At first I thought the Tenleytown’s Z Burger was launching a new Sandwich shop at 4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW. But trying to find info on line brought up an old post from Chowhound with a reader noting back in 2008:

“there’s also a sandwich place next to that is going to open up, I believe? Sandwish or something?”

I peeked inside and it still looks set up for an expansion:

There is even a menu:

I called the store and they told me that they don’t know if the sandwiches are coming. They might still be focusing on their new SW location and their “coming soon” to Columbia Heights location. But they were told that sandwiches could still be coming.

The menu says the sandwiches are all $4.19. If they ever do launch I wonder if that price will still apply… Do you think they should expand into sandwiches or just stick with burgers?

  • Looks just like the Potbelly menu to me, with the exception of the Italian ingredients. What they call a “Masterpiece,” Potbelly thinks of as a “Wreck.”

    • xyz

      That was my first reaction, too. Totally Potbelly down to the condiments.

  • $4.19 for a plain PB&J?? That’s what I make at home when I can’t afford to eat out… If sandwich prices go the way of rent in this city I swear…

    • dl

      And it’s not even crunchy PB!

      • $4 PB&Js are the new $5 cupcakes. You’re saving a whole dollar! THRIFT!

    • Anonymous

      And it’s not like a restaurant is capable of making a better PB&J than you can make at home all by yourself.

      • Anonymous

        i know this is crazy, but people don’t only eat out to get things better than they can make at home.

        • Yeah, but a PB&J is so easy to make that it seems ridiculous to get one in a restaurant — it requires no cooking, and only a few ingredients, none of which are super-perishable (unlike, say, deli meat, which might go bad before you have a chance to eat it).

          I’m pretty lazy when it comes to food preparation, but even _I_ would have to draw the line at buying a PB&J sandwich at a restaurant.

        • Anonymous

          Why else do people eat out, then?

      • Plus, it’s grape jelly. How ’bout some Smuckers Strawberry preserves?

  • Anonymous

    I think they need to open up the Columbia Heights one already. Jesus, I’ve seen Super Wal-Marts go up quicker.

    • I know! I have been dying for a milkshake for months now. Is there any update on an opening date?

  • A new sandwich place in Tenleytown would be great, as long as the sandwiches are good.

    • They’ll be mediocre. And possibly cursed.

      • Their burgers aren’t bad for the price. Better than the ridiculously overrated Five Guys, in my opinion. Sandwiches, though, could be a different story. Mediocrity seems to be the norm in DC in that department.

  • It seems that Mohammad Esfahani, owner of Z Burger, is struggling to open so many stores so quickly. The real issue is the collapse of the building housing the Georgetown location (http://georgetown.patch.com/articles/permit-denied-for-work-on-collapsed-building) and surrounding buildings.

    Sadly this isn’t the first time this guy has destroyed an historic building for a restaurant project. I have a wish and that is that DC fines Mr. Esfahani more than the $1000 they fined him for destroying the first building to unfortunately cross paths with him.

    • Wow — sounds like there ought to be a restraining order to keep Esfahani away from historic buildings!

    • john

      wow thats pretty messed up. i will have to stick to 5 guys in CH then

    • Chris

      I thought Peter Tabibian owned Z-Burger?

  • Eric

    I was in that store last fall and saw what appeared to be closed area with this signage. I think is something they tried and it did not work out.

  • That Sandwish signage has been there as long as, or even before, ZBurger arrived. It is a perennial joke among AU students. I would be amazed if it ever amounted to something real.

    • kk

      Yep, I remember that sign being there in 2008 when I first came to AU.

    • Tracey

      Exactly! This is nothign new. What woudl be new is if they started making and selling sandwiches. haha!

  • Becket98

    The set up and signage have been in place since the place originally opened in 2008. Basically, there’s nothing new to see here.

    The big question is when is the CH location finally going to open? It’s going to be the summer of 2012 soon!

  • AG

    ZBurger has great fresh, made-in-store onion rings. Plus you can order a half and half if you can’t choose between fries and rings. Their milkshakes are creative and you can tell them to do whatever flavor you want. My favorite? Peanut butter chocolate with oreo. Dreams can come true.

    I’d also give them a lot of credit for helping out vegetarians with making their own veggie burgers, which is more than I can say about other burger chains which just serve Morningstar brand burgers or no veggie burger at all. Veggies of DC, try their Veggie Burger.

    As for SandWish, that sign has been up ever since they opened that ZBurger in Tenleytown, and I don’t really believe it’ll ever open since they’ve been so invested into ZBurger and its expansion.


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