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Berkeley's Long-Awaited Snarf's Opens Saturday

The sub shop is taking on a unique location on the northwest side of town.

Founded in Boulder back in 1996, the Snarf's sandwich mini-empire has a knack for picking old buildings and re-purposing them for its shops. The latest link in the chain at 5001 West 38th Avenue is no exception, which is housed in a former Big Top convenience store from the '60s.

Though the building resembles a pagoda, it was originally modeled after a circus tent. Several businesses have come and gone in the location through the years—most recently a salon that closed several years ago—but on Saturday, December 20 it will see a new purpose as Snarf's Sandwiches opens its 11th store in Colorado.

Snarf's founder Jim Seidel purchased the building nearly five years ago, and after a construction project that started earlier this year, the 2,000 square feet of space have been refreshed and updated. The architecture of the building remains, enhanced with bright splashes of color. Local artist Jen Haley will soon be doing a circus-themed mosaic to go under the main counter, set to be completed in early January.

All of the tables, lighting, and fixtures have been handpicked and are unique to this location, which seats 60 inside and 20 on the patio. And though the shop is situated in a largely residential area, making it easy for neighbors to reach it on foot, there's the added benefit of a parking lot too.

The menu of hot and cold subs in three different sizes is consistent across the locations, ranging from turkey and swiss to smoked brisket with barbecue sauce. The bread is baked fresh daily at Bluepoint Bakery from a Snarf's recipe, with a gluten-free option coming from Deby's. Select sides, homemade soups, salads with from-scratch dressing, and sweet treats like brownies round out the options.

Look for hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, as well as delivery service within a 1- to 1.5-mile radius.