Carrie Rengers

Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop to open at Wichita State

The first Kansas Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop is opening Aug. 24 at Wichita State University.
The first Kansas Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop is opening Aug. 24 at Wichita State University. Courtesy illustration

With the new school year, there will be a new place to eat at Wichita State University.

Wisconsin-based Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop is opening Aug. 24 on the first floor of the Rhatigan Student Center, which is home to other restaurants such as Chick-fil-A and Pizza Hut.

This will be the chain’s first foray into Kansas.

“I’m so jealous,” says Samantha Amato, who is with the Chicago-based firm promoting the chain. “It’s really good.”

The name of the restaurant comes from a couple of characters in stories that the father of the restaurant’s founder used to tell his 10 children.

“Erbert and Gerbert would travel throughout space and time … and they would always meet a new friend,” says Kim Middleton, who is in sales for the chain but calls herself “a cheerleader for this brand.”

Each of Erbert & Gerbert’s sandwiches has its own name – such as Comet Candy, Spartan and Quatro – and back story.

Middleton says the chain is interested in expanding in Kansas and possibly adding more restaurants as well.

There are 81 Erbert & Gerbert’s restaurants nationally.

Amato says she hopes Chicago is on the expansion list as well.

“I literally wake up some nights needing a Quatro.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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