Restaurants come and go but seldom reappear … until now.
Thanks to Focus Brands and the Edison Restaurant Group, headed by CEO Mace Nosovitch, Schlotzsky’s has returned to St. Louis. When it opened in St. Louis 40 years ago, the restaurant known for its signature sourdough buns was called Schotzsky’s Deli. Today, it has been rebranded as Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, but don’t worry, those buns and its “Original” sandwich are as great as ever.
Nosovitch said the rebranding has brought the eatery “back to its Austin roots, based on Austin’s food truck and music scene.” He first discovered Schlotzsky’s as an undergrad in Columbia, Missouri. “I remembered their great food I had when I was a student. When the opportunity presented itself to open a franchise, we pursued it.”
Schlotzsky’s claim to fame – its “Original”– is the love child of a Muffaletta and an Italian Grinder.
“The Original has 13 ingredients: ham, two salamis, three cheeses, black olives, tangy mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, our signature garlic sauce and our sourdough bun,” explained Arnulfo Perez, Schlotzsky’s training manager, who was on hand for the Chesterfield store’s opening. “We start baking early. That’s why we say our buns are in the oven before your pants are on.”
Toasting brings out the tang of the sourdough and gives each sandwich a delightful crispness. Those toasted buns then get generously layered to create 17 different sandwiches. Tacos, pizzas, flats, salads, sliders and loaded bowls of Mac & Cheese also are on the menu.
With so much goodness, it can be hard to choose. So why not pick two?
The Pick2 gets you two halves of any two oven-baked sandwiches or a half sandwich, gourmet pizza or artisan flatbread paired with a freshly made salad or signature soup.
“We’ve evolved the menu over the years to keep up with the times and give families others options,” Perez said. He noted that Austin’s street food scene inspired Schlotzsky’s to add sliders to the menu. “They can make a meal or they’re just right if you just want a little bit to eat and hang out with your friends.”
Sliders are built on King’s Hawaiian Rolls and feature Texas-style smoked brisket and slow roasted Angus Beef to create the Aloha, the Chipotle Angus, and the Sweet n’ Sassy, which combines brisket, provolone, jalapeños, apricot jam and apricot cream cheese. It’s a flavor bomb packed into a few bites and great with a beer, Nosovitch said.
“We have draft beer and wine [dine-in only], which is something you don’t see in most traditional quick serve restaurants. It’s definitely a step up,” Nosovitch said, noting customers can dine in, carry out or call for delivery via Uber Eats and Grubhub. Orders also can be made online or on Schlotzsky’s mobile app.
Schlotzsky’s is located alongside the Tidal Wave Luxury Car Wash, located at 158 Long Road. While visiting Schlotzsky’s, indulge in two more of Focus Brands’ sister companies onsite: Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream, a creamery with a 90-year history that’s making its first appearance in St. Louis.
“The whole point of this facility is to offer multiple reasons to be here,” Nosovitch said. “Whether it’s washing your car, picking up convenience items, fueling up your vehicle or grabbing a meal or a snack to go. We have it all here in one spot.”
Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery
158 Long Road • Chesterfield • (636) 778-9675 • Schlotzskys.com
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., daily; breakfast menu served 6:30-10:30 a.m.; Cinnabon served all day