Our Story

Our company was founded by two fun-loving yet seriously dedicated guys from Boston whose love of the outdoors led them to open a sandwich company committed to serving high-quality, great-tasting food that inspires people to get out and explore.

We opened our first shop in 1999 in Steamboat Springs — a town in Colorado’s Yampa Valley — serving hearty provisions to professional guide services that needed food for their all-day excursions. Our customer base quickly grew and evolved into what it is today — a combination of weekend warriors, workday professionals and families looking for wholesome sandwiches to take with them to the park, an afternoon picnic or a high-alpine peak.

Dave & Pete, owners of Yampa Sandwich Co


A focus on quality food that tastes great and is good for you, a passion for the outdoors and an active, healthy lifestyle, and a dedication to helping build strong, vibrant communities. Our passions guide everything we do. And they are what have allowed us to create a more meaningful eating experience. No nonsense, no fillers, no shortcuts. Just fresh ingredients, solid preparation and a personal approach to service that turns our customers into our tribe.

Yampa employee


We’re focused on serving the best quality ingredients at a fair price in a truly welcoming atmosphere. With dine-in seating, takeout and catering available, plus creative menu items and build-your-own ordering options, we’ve created a healthier, more satisfying and flexible sandwich-eating experience that caters to our customers and turns them into loyal patrons.


We’ve designed our restaurants to be places people feel welcome to hang out. Where they can connect and refuel in a casual and friendly atmosphere with plenty of seating, communal dining and places to kick back and relax. We’re also involved in our communities in many ways, big and small. From food donations for fundraising events to sponsorships and from charitable gifts to volunteer activities, we stay connected to what’s important.


The Opportunity

We’re looking for adventurous souls who want to expand our reach—bringing the same great food and atmosphere we’ve created in our flagship stores to concrete canyons, mixed-use neighborhoods and anywhere adventure can be found.

All the ingredients that make Yampa Sandwich Company™ an essential part of every community are prepackaged into our franchise program. That means a concept that works in multiple markets, a legendary track record and an experienced management team equipped to guide you into new territory.

Our ideal franchise owners will have solid business management experience that carries over to the food service industry and a passion for great customer service. We offer expansion possibilities for different types of franchise-owner profiles.

Preferred location: downtown, commercial districts, suburban residential and retail developments, and commercial spaces with architectural interest.

Location size: 1,500 to 2,500 square feet

Seating capacity: 40-seat minimum

Hours: Approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with focus on breakfast and lunch service

Yampa Sandwich Co

Multiple Revenue Streams

Multiple day-parts:
breakfast, lunch and early evening fare

Refined menu options:
specialty sandwiches, salads, soups, sides, and beverages

Catering & delivery:
breakfast items, sandwich trays, box lunches, and custom packages

Loyalty program & retail sales:
gift cards, reward points, and branded merchandise


We also provide industry-leading support from a management team that knows what it takes to reach your most ambitious goals. We work closely with you on everything from site selection and start-up to operations and marketing. As your guide, we’ll equip you with the vital tools needed to fuel a growing business, including:

Pre-opening training

and introduction to systems and processes, including general business management, menus, food preparation and job functions, at one of our company-owned locations

On-site support during opening

to help ensure your franchise operates in peak form

On-going support

with periodic on-site visits and access by phone or email to help keep you on target with operations, marketing and location maintenance

Access to approved technologies

from point-of-sale programs to accounting platforms to help streamline your operations

Confidential operating manual

that includes day-to-day business and operating procedures to help you run your franchise efficiently and effectively

Marketing support for opening and ongoing promotions

including sample materials and campaign advice as well as email marketing to help you stay visible and build brand awareness in your territory, and guidance on local social media programs like Facebook and Instagram


What experience do I need to become a Yampa Sandwich Co. franchise owner?

We prefer that franchise candidates have a background in foodservice or general business management experience, and who are operations- and process-focused and detail oriented. We look for franchisees who will be dedicated owner-operators working full-time in the business, who are involved in the community and committed to giving back and to protecting the environment – all important parts of our core values, beliefs, and philosophies. Of course, we’ll provide the training, tools, and recipes you need to open your sandwich franchise and operate it effectively.

What is provided as part of the Yampa Sandwich Co. program?

Before you open your sandwich franchise, we will provide the initial training program, which will take place over a period of up to 15 days. The initial training program includes classroom instruction and on-site training relating to restaurant operations, understanding the equipment usage and maintenance, customer service, marketing and sales programs and methods of controlling operating costs. We may also offer supplemental and refresher training programs for you and your team. In addition, you will have access to our exclusive recipes; and we will present you with a copy of our confidential operations manual to help run your sandwich franchise properly on a day-to-day basis.

How much will the Yampa Sandwich Co. program investment cost me?

The total initial investment necessary to begin operations ranges from $267,525 to $426,600 for a single location. This includes a $25,000 initial franchise fee. As with any new venture, it’s important to have adequate capital to fund the initial business growth stages.

Is financing available?

No. We do not provide direct financing to franchisees, but we may refer to financing sources on a case by case basis.

Are there ongoing fees to pay?

We charge a royalty fee equal to 5% of total gross sales, and there is also a $150 monthly technology fee. Fees such as these allow us to fund our ongoing support services and the continued development of recipes, product and supply channels, marketing tools, training programs, and systems upgrades. For a full list of fees and requirements, please refer to our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

Are there any advertising fees?

Franchisees will be required to spend a minimum of 1% of gross sales each month on local marketing. Yampa Sandwich Co. franchisees will also contribute up to 2% of gross sales into the system marketing fund (however, this contribution will start at just 1%). Collected funds will be used to develop marketing strategies to promote the Yampa Sandwich Co. brand and fund the creative costs to develop local marketing materials and campaigns.

What is the term of the agreement?

The initial term of your agreement is ten years, with two subsequent successor agreement options of five years each.

How do I get started?

If you’re interested in learning more about how to open a sandwich franchise, contact us at 970-846-8885, Franchise@YampaSandwichCo.com, or by using the form provided below to discuss the possibility of setting up a meeting, speaking with our key management staff, and receiving our FDD which contains all the important details you’ll need to make an informed decision.

Get Started

To start the discovery process, submit the form below, and we’ll email you our franchise brochure. If we think you’re a good fit and that the Yampa Sandwich Company™ could fit well in your community, we’ll contact you to discuss our franchise program in more detail.


This website and the franchise sales information on this site do not constitute an offer to sell a franchise. The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a franchise disclosure document. Certain states require that we register the franchise disclosure document in those states. The communications on this website are not directed by us to the residents of any of those states. Moreover, we will not offer or sell franchises in those states until we have registered the franchise (or obtained an applicable exemption from registration) and delivered the franchise disclosure document to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law.


All Yampa Sandwich Co stores are open for take out, delivery, and to support our healthcare heroes working on the front lines of the pandemic. If you’d like to show your support, add a meal to your order and we’ll take care of the rest.