The Scoop: Elaine’s sandwich shop to open on Cherokee Street



{A turkey and avocado sandwich on wheat bread from Great Harvest Bread Co., one potential sandwich in development at Elaine's}


Sandwich lovers will soon be able to get their grub at a new sandwich shop, Elaine's, at 2311 Cherokee St., as reported by Feast Magazine. Owner Elaine Gruener said she hopes to open doors by the end of May. Located east of Jefferson Avenue, the 600-square-foot shop was formerly home to an insurance office. The 18-seat restaurant will include eight outdoor patio seats and offer dine-in and carryout options.

Gruener first gained her sandwich-making experience at a Subway, where she worked for 15 years. “I found my niche creating sandwiches, and I wanted to do my own thing. I wanted that creative freedom that comes with owning your own business,” Gruener said. “We spent months searching for a location and fell in love with the overall feel of the Cherokee community. Everyone here has been so welcoming and accepting.”

Elaine’s menu will feature seven to 12 rotating sandwiches, including a BLT, roasted pork, roast beef and veggie options, along with sandwiches created by and named after the shop’s employees. Customers will have the option of creating custom sandwiches, too, or converting any sandwich into a salad. Gruener said she will source some of her ingredients from fellow Cherokee residents like Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop and Kern Meat Co. “I’m definitely trying to use fresh bread and ingredients, and I really want to keep a focus on local products,” she said.

Beverage options will focus heavily on teas and juice and a small selection of sides like Zapp’s Chips and Whisk baked goods.