Hunter Pond, owner of East Hampton Sandwich Co.,Â recently made the Forbes 30 Under 30 List of Wood & Wine. What a huge honor for this 27-year-old year Texas native! He makes the restaurant distinct by adding gourmet sandwiches on the menu and focusingÂ less on the bread and more on what’s in the middle.
Read the full list on Forbes here.Â
We congratulated Hunter on the big news and had a chance to interview him. See our Q&A below.
Q: What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
Q: â€œIn the long run, integrity trumps the fleeting advantages of artifice.â€Â I have this quote hanging in my office and on a sticky note on my work laptop. Itâ€™sÂ not only my personal favorite that applies to my life, but 100% inspired me withÂ East Hampton.
East Hampton Sandwich Co.â€™s point of differentiation is our commitment toÂ producing quality ingredients. We avoid taking the more economical approach toÂ the sandwich business, and what we lose in food cost, we make up for in volume.Â Our customers share our same vision for what a sandwich should beâ€¦
Q:Â How did you pick the name for your business?Â
A: I wanted to elevate the expectations of our customers before they entered theÂ door. East Hampton has a fabulous reputation for being an area with a dedicationÂ to artisanal crafts. The craft of sandwich making is our business, and thus IÂ thought it was a great pairing.
Q:Â What’s your favorite menu item at the restaurant (food and drink)?
A:Â Turkey, Bacon + Avocado with Garlic Sage Aioli, and our Hamptonâ€™s Iced Tea.
Q:Â What is your favorite type of food in general?Â
A:Â Sandwichesâ€¦or homemade pasta.
Q:Â If you cook, what do you like to make at home?
A:. I love simple cooking. Roast Chicken and vegetables from the farmers market, orÂ homemade pasta with from scratch sauces. Iâ€™m addicted to pasta carbonara asÂ well.
Elysa, Dallas Food Nerd founder, and I stopped by the location at The Shops at Legacy to sample a few of the new and classic menu items. Visit the restaurant to experience these gourmet sandwiches and sides!
The company plans to add seven more locations throughout Texas by 2017. Follow the brand onÂ FacebookÂ andÂ TwitterÂ for more updates and specials.
(Disclaimer: We were provided with a complimentary menu tasting, and all thoughts are our own.)