Oak Park’s very own version of the popular submarine stand, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, is set to open next week.

The chain restaurant is taking over a portion of the empty retail space at 1100 Lake St., formerly home to Barbara’s Bookstore. They’ll host a grand opening on Nov. 16, according to spokeswoman Emily Hartwig.

Potbelly started in 1977 as an antique shop on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago that happened to sell sandwiches, and has since exploded into a franchise with 200 locations in 11 states.

Barbara’s, once the oldest bookstore in Oak Park, closed in July after a rent dispute with the landlord.

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