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Enjoy a helping of history about Lenwich’s
rise from single store to franchise.
With the fresh appeal of an old fashioned Italian deli and the makings of a modern restaurant, Lenwich is widely known as the “ultimate sandwich” in New York City. This is the story of how Lenwich became a way of life for so many satisfied New Yorkers.
September 5th, 1989 marked the beginning of the Lenwich story. On that day Lenny began working in a small, undistinguished sandwich shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. From the moment Lenny began working, he endeavored to make the shop into something extraordinary.
Within six months Lenny and his brother had bought the store and transformed it into what became Lenny’s Gourmet at 83rd Street & Columbus Avenue. Lenwich quickly became a staple of New York’s dining scene—known for its fresh, made-to-order specialty sandwiches and gracious service.
After catching the hearts of New Yorkers—millions of Lenwich sandwiches are consumed yearly around the city—Lenwich is ready to tantalize the tastebuds and crack down on the cravings of even more.