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Chicago Restaurant GeneraBiocycle_logotes Zero Waste… Literally

by Nate Clark
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 28
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Restaurant and tech company in food [waste] fightimage

by Rose Zhou June 5, 2014 Read Full Article >

This Restaurant Hasn’t Taken Out The Trash In Nearly Two Years

A restaurant owner in Chicago who hasn’t emptied the trash in nearly two years has a simple explanation: There isn’t anything to take out.

Justin Vrany, 36, had the goal of being a “zero waste” restaurant in mind from the day he first opened his quick-service eatery, Sandwich Me In.

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ZerowasteSome restaurants produce eight gallons of waste every hour. Thanks to a sustainability plan, Sandwich Me stretched that time…to two years. Watch Video Now >



Sandwich Me In is a restaurant in the North Side of Chicago using many sustainability practices. What sets it apart from just about any other restaurant of its kind is that it’s generated only eight gallons of trash since opening in early 2012. Owner and chef Justin Vraney shares his story.(

Listen as John Cody from WBBM News Radio 780 & 105FM talks to Justin Vrany about Sandwich Me In and how we recycle everything.
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February 25, 2014 – Chicago Restaurant Takes Pride In Its Pork Belly- And Immaculate Dumpster written by Michelle Burwell Read Entire Article >

February 25, 2014 – Sandwich Me In: One Restaurant, One Year, Only Eight Gallons of Garbage written by John Dodge Read Entire Article >



Lakeview Sandwich Shot Goes GreenAt first glance, ‘Sandwich Me In’ appears to be an average quick-serve lunch spot with a solid menu. But within seconds of talking to chef and owner Justin Vrany, a customer can quickly learn this place is anything but average.
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In case you missed the interview with Owner/Chef Justin Vrany that was aired on Jun 3, 2013, watch online as he prepares a delicious black bean burger. Watch now. Midday Lunchbreak >

Earth Day: The Kids Just Ate It Up - Read about the Earth Day that Sandwich Me In hosted on April 21, 2013 to read this great write up >

Red Tricycle - Our mission is simple, to help parents have more fun with their kids. We offer ideas for cool things to see, eat, make and do with your kids in your neighborhood.  Each weekday, we deliver must-have recommendations for hip people who happen to be parents too, whether it’s a kid-friendly food truck crush, a street festival that  accommodates strollers, or a christmas tree farm that offers free hot chocolate and crafts. Worth Your Bread: The best Sandwich Shops Read Article >

Natural Awakenings - Natural Awakenings is a free monthly publication targeted specifically to Lake and northern Cook counties, and we are all about healthy and sustainable living (mind, body and spirit). Sandwich Me In Aims for Zero Waste.
Read Article> - Who said it’s not easy being green? CBS 2′s Vince Gerasole is learning it’s getting easier by the day to live an environmentally friendly life. He’s at McCormick Place for the Sustainable Meetings Conference. Technology Making it Easier to Live a Greener LifeWatch video > – Featured a wonderful article about our shop.
Sustainability and Sandwiches at Lakeview’s Sandwich Me In Eatery
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