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Capriotti’s, home of massive cheesesteaks, opening 15 restaurants in the Tampa Bay region

Exterior of a restaurant with a large sign that reads "Capriotti's" on the front

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop announced in 2021 that it intends to open 15 locations in the Tampa Bay region, thanks to a development agreement with Florida locals and franchisee Scott Crawford. Capriotti’s new location in the Willow Bend Shopping Center in Lutz at 1948 Collier Pkwy is now officially open. This location will mark the second of 15 total locations set to open in the Tampa Bay area.

“After our initial communication with the Capriotti’s leadership team, we were incredibly impressed with not only their industry experience but the compassion and support they offer to franchise partners,” Crawford said in a company press release. “This coupled with the opportunity to bring an award-winning brand to the Tampa Bay area and satisfy local consumers’ craving for extraordinary food made our decision to invest a no-brainer.”

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Capriotti’s debuts new Lutz restaurant

“During my first visit to the Kennesaw shop in Georgia, the first thing I noticed were the amazing sights and smells,” Crawford said. “I saw the giant roasted turkeys coming out of the big ovens and was met with these tantalizing smells as soon as I walked in. Then, I tried ‘The Bobbie.’ That first taste sent me back to when I was 14-years old waking up on Black Friday, making a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. I saw myself in my mama’s kitchen, all of us eating together. Right then I knew Capriotti’s was something special.”

Founded in 1976, Capriotti’s has more than 125 locations in the U.S. and plans to hit 500 locations by 2025. In 2020 and 2021, the chain made Fast Casual’s list of Top Movers & Shakers.

The Lutz Capriotti’s will offer a convenient order-ahead option, in addition to third-party delivery services. The new shop will bring 30 new jobs to the Tampa community. Locals will be able to experience Capriotti’s 45-year tradition of slow-roasting whole, all-natural Butterball® turkeys in-house and hand-pulling them every morning, top-choice beef and other brand favorites.

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The feeling of a home-cooked meal on the go

“The quality of Capriotti’s is something one would expect to have in their favorite home-cooked meal,” said Crawford. “No matter the sandwich preference, Lutz and the entire Tampa Bay area will soon be able to experience a level of quality and comfort that has never been available in the area until now.”

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