The first Texas location of Arizona-based, cannabis-themed sandwich chain Cheba Hut is opening near the University of Texas campus. Cheba Hut will move into 3016 Guadalupe Street, in the former location of Wild Wood Bakehouse, in mid-April.
Despite the name, there are no dishes with CBD or cannabis at Cheba Hut. Instead, the menu features subs, salads, “munchies” like pretzel nuggets and hummus platters, and desserts like cookies and brownies. The cannabis theme comes into play with the decor and the sub names, like Chronic, a barbecue roast beef sub, and Stick Icky, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There will be two Austin-specific sandwiches at the shop.
Each restaurant also has a full bar, including Spiked Kool Aid drinks and margaritas.
Cheba Hut was founded in Tempe, Arizona by Scott Jennings in 1998. The Austin locations of the franchise will be managed by father-son team Vince and Joseph DeMaioribus. Joseph was previously a general manager at Jersey Mike’s, but discovered Cheba Hut while going to school in Arizona and thought it would be a fit for Austin.
The DeMaioribuses are also planning to open stores in north (Round Rock or Cedar Park) and south Austin.