American-style sandwich shop opens in Seaham

Opening for business, Keith Dobson with his new  Food for Thought sandwich bar on Church Street, Seaham. He is pictured with his sister Margaret Baker and staff Michaela Ganning, Cassie Lowther and Shane Brown.
Opening for business, Keith Dobson with his new Food for Thought sandwich bar on Church Street, Seaham. He is pictured with his sister Margaret Baker and staff Michaela Ganning, Cassie Lowther and Shane Brown.
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A SLICE of the States is coming to a sarnie shop in Seaham.

Food for Thought American Style Sandwich Bar Ltd is the brainchild of Keith Dobson.

Keith who was born in Seaham, has returned to his hometown after 30 years living in the US to bring a taste of America to Church Street.

The 57-year-old, who has worked in the food industry for several years, is already hoping to expand.

“We are hoping to open another shop and another and hopefully franchise it,” said Keith.

“The buzz is going around. We’ve done our homework on it and, to be honest, I think we are going to be extremely busy.”

Keith previously lived in Florida, where he opened his first restaurant, Ye Olde Tea Room.

He said: “The British-style tea rooms were really popular out in the States, but the recession is really bad out there, worse than here.”

Keith has returned to his roots to offer sandwiches that will be packed with meat, salad and his homemade sauces.

“With British sandwiches, it normally has just one slice of meat, but mine are at least half an inch thick. They are full to the brim,” he said.

As well as sandwiches, there will also be quiches, pies, cakes, salads and lunchboxes on offer, all homemade on the day.

Keith said: “They are all my own recipes. My most famous one is the chicken salad. And what I have left over I’m going to give to charities or the homeless.”

Keith has taken on four staff to help build his sandwich empire and with years of restaurant experience under his belt, Keith is sure Church Street’s newest addition will be a big hit with customers.

“I’m a good believer in volume and keeping my prices down, volume gets you money.”

The shop will also be offering special Euro 2012 foot-long sandwiches and beach lunchboxes for the summer.

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