Restaurant Notes extra: Potbelly Sandwich Shop has answer to a taxing situation: free food

Justin Rowe stands by the signature potbelly stove at his Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 501 Coliseum Blvd E. in the Coliseum Shoppes. The shop is offering customers who make a purchase through Monday and show proof of filing their taxes a coupon to get a free sandwich Tuesday, which is Tax Day. (File photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of

Potbelly Sandwich Shop plans an “Early Bird Special” on Tax Day, which is Tuesday, by giving a free sandwich to all customers who have shown proof they’ve submitted their taxes early.

To get your freebie, head to Potbelly, 501 Coliseum Blvd E. in the Coliseum Shoppes, today-Monday with proof that you’ve submitted your taxes. Buy a sandwich, excluding kid’s meals, and you will receive a coupon for a free sandwich on Tuesday.

The restaurant, which turns 1 this week, features sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and live music.

“Many people dread submitting their taxes and push it off until the last second, so we want to reward people for being early birds on a yearly chore that’s rarely fun,” said Justin Rowe, the sandwich shop’s operating partner and a local resident in a news release. “We’re the neighborhood sandwich shop, and we want to help folks in Fort Wayne stay stress-free for tax day, and a free sandwich is our way of saying, ‘You’re ahead of the game!'”

Proof of tax payment can include an email confirmation from online tax preparation software such as TurboTax, a letter from a tax preparation service company such as H&R Block, or a canceled check or bank statement.

Potbelly is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop first opened in Chicago in 1977 and has more than 425 shops across the United States. Franchisees operate more than 50 shops in the United States and abroad.

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