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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt

Even Stevens Sandwiches coming to Chandler, Arizona

The socially conscious brand donates a sandwich to a local non-profit for every sandwich sold, and will open on Boston Street in August.

Even Stevens Sandwiches, a craft-casual restaurant built on the buy-one-give-one model, will be turning Arizona foodies into benefactors late this summer - coupling restaurant service and altruism by donating a sandwich for every sandwich sold.

Brand drivers have scoped the Historic Commercial District area of Chandler for their newest location. The Salt Lake-native craft-casual restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, bites, and local craft fair unique to each store’s location.

By offering new takes on classic recipes, the brand honors tradition while leaving an open door for creativity. Trending menu items like the “Mihami Vice” Cubano and vegan Jackfruit Torta have found a loyal and fanatical following amongst customers, and with every sandwich purchase, a sandwich is donated to a local non-profit partner.

Brand spokespeople say a progressive but accessible menu, memorable guest experience, and local partnerships are what makes their ‘eat to give’ model possible. “We’re the first brand in the industry to directly correlate revenue with social impact”, says Michael McHenry, President. “If we aren’t inspiring and delighting customers who make Even Stevens part of their everyday, we have no influence in addressing hunger as a pressing issue.”

Even Stevens reached their millionth sandwich sold, and donated, in January 2017. A milestone hit just 2 and 1/2 years after they served their first sandwich. The brand is set on pioneering a movement in social consciousness through food service.

“Food connects everyone. Through the stories, through our supply chains, through need. We’re passionate about food as a craft and that passion extends to our community,” says Jamie Coates, Brand Spokesperson. “Good food is meant to be shared and so for us, spreading that love to others is natural.”

Even Stevens now donates over 100,000 sandwiches per month across the markets they serve. Partnering non-profits say Even Stevens’ donations allow them to save cash on feeding clients, and instead direct resources towards programs that address the root causes of food insecurity – homelessness, disability, displacement, and unemployment among them.

Even Stevens’ Chandler location will donate sandwiches monthly to Chandler’s underserved through partnerships with Azcend, My Sister’s Place- Catholic Charities, ICAN, and Paz De Cristo Community Center.

"AZCEND is very excited to be chosen as one of the charities Even Stevens supports. Their contributions help our organization provide meals to vulnerable people through our food bank and senior centers. Thank you, Even Stevens for everything you do to benefit those in the communities you serve." Dara Gibson Development Director

Even Stevens Chandler location will occupy the site of the historic Arrow Pharmacy building erected in 1918. The site is in the Chandler Historic Commercial District on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Good fortune fills the air of this location as the Arrow Pharmacy was one of the longest running businesses in Chandler; operating for nearly 90 years, closing in 2005. John “Doc” Weber, who originally owned the building, provided Chandler residents with medicines as well as treats from its busy and loved soda fountain.Customers will be transported back as they dine under vintage chandeliers, and in the tiled raised booth seating area. Sit back and stay a while in the grand lounge with paneled walls and inset sky high mirrors. The exterior boasts vintage reproduction gas lanterns that light a welcoming, open patio that lies in the front of the building

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