On this episode, Hunter Pond, Founder of East Hampton Sandwich Co., shares with Foodable the early challenges that came with opening a restaurant brand with zero experience under his belt at the young age of 25. Luckily, Pond realized that his youthful spirit ended up energizing his team to have fun while getting through long work days.
Now, after just six years since the concept was founded in Dallas, Texas, East Hampton Sandwich Co. has 10 locations in the region with plans to expand outside of the state. Pond believes that the key to success is to have a unique and authentic product that truly differentiates your brand in the market.
"Too many concepts out there try to, you know, lead with marketing and forget that at the end of the day we're in the business of serving food to our customers...," said Pond.
Listen to the podcast above to hear how Pond is working to cater to Millennials and Gen Z as he leads East Hampton, a Top 50 Sandwich Innovator brand, to the top.
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