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Miami Press Food Truck's First Brick-And-Mortar Restaurant Calls Fort Lauderdale Home

If you’re pressed for time, a new gourmet sandwich restaurant is here to make sure you don’t have to compromise taste for a busy schedule.

Miami Press Sandwiches will host the grand opening of its first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Press Gourmet Sandwiches, in Fort Lauderdale on July 15. The restaurant will give free mac’n cheese balls to the first 100 guests.

Christopher DelPrete and Rand Carswell founded Miami Press Sandwiches in 2012 as a food truck that served gourmet chef-inspired sandwiches. They won Food Network’s "Food Truck Face Off" in October 2014.

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But building a brick-and-mortar restaurant was always the end goal, DelPrete said.

“We wanted to prove the concept and build a loyal following with the food truck before jumping into the restaurant industry,” DelPrete said.

The Press Gourmet Sandwiches menu includes eight pressed sandwiches in addition to fresh salads and sides, including mac’n cheese balls, Parmesan truffles fries and buffalo blue cheese fries. The restaurant also features one new weekly sandwich every Monday.

The brand plays off the word “press” and the media, so the sandwiches are named like newspapers. (There’s The Gazette, The Tribune and The Daily, for example.) The founders wanted to carry the theme in everything they did, from the newspaper-wrapped truck and restaurant walls, to the sandwich names.

DelPrete said they chose Fort Lauderdale as location for the restaurant because the space they found best suited their needs. They hope to expand and bring more of their sandwiches into Broward and Palm Beach counties

“We have plans to identify a new location within the next year,” DelPrete said.

The company also offers catering through Press Gourmet Sandwiches and the Miami Press food truck. The food truck travels to events and food is cooked on-site.

Press Gourmet Sandwiches; 6206 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale