When you’re in a big city and someone asks where the go-to lunch spot is, someone always knows the place, Ken Cobb says.
He and his wife Kathy hope their new shop, Farmhouse Sandwiches, will be that place in .
The custom-made sandwich shop is expected to open at 1120 Technology Dr., former home of , in early August.
Ken and Kathy Cobb, O’Fallon residents for seven years, are both retired and wanted to open a local establishment where you can find “ a good sandwich and cupcake.”
“We thought this area needed a place to go get a sandwich they way you want it—so we said that’s what we’ve got to do,” Ken said.
The Cobb’s describe the shop as a comfortable, friendly place like you’d find in the 1940s or ‘50s, where you can order food the way you’d get it at grandma’s house.
Ken said Farmhouse is not your average assembly line sandwich place.
“We want our people to look you in the eye, converse with and get to know you,” he said.
The restaurant offers recognized brands like Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, Fazio’s bread and is the first western retail location that will sell Kaldi’s Coffee.
Farmhouse Sandwiches will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and cater to the busy lunch crowd.
They will also offer a call-in pick-up service and will deliver orders that are $75 or more to local businesses.
Farmhouse will offer both hot and cold sandwiches, as well as soups, salads and other sides.
While you can order some of their specials, like the Farmer Cobb’s Classic or Beef Brisket Au Jus, customers can also design their own sandwich with a side of chips or fresh fruit.
Farmhouse will also team up with The Bakery Shoppe, located at 2659 Highway K, to provide fresh muffins and cupcakes each day.
“The goal is to give the community something they’ll enjoy,” Ken said.
The Cobb’s said they are focused on community and family. They set up baby changing stations in both the men and women’s bathrooms.
Ken said he hopes to expand in the future and add a community party room for birthday parties, baby showers and more.
“Being able to give back to the community is very important to us,” he said.
Ken’s own family helped provide the inspiration for the shop’s name and style. His roots go back to the 1830s, where his family lived on farms in De Soto.
A photo of Ken’s great-great-great grandma graces the cover of Farmhouse Sandwich’s menu.
The Cobbs are still working to prepare Farmhouse Sandwiches for their opening, which Ken said he hopes will be Aug. 5.
On Tuesday, a mason jar chandelier hung from the ceiling. Shelves and a new mantle over the fireplace, made by Ken, are already in place.
The restaurant will be filled with custom-made barnwood tables and chairs.
Ken said the support of the community has already been instrumental in getting them started.
People are already asking when the shop will open and fellow O’Fallon business owners, like Pat Tully at have offered to help the couple as they get started.
Farmhouse Sandwiches is now hiring. Ken said he is looking for “people with a smile, who can give a smile.”