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OMAHA -- 4/8/2015: Co-owners and brothers Craig and Kendall Frantz recently opened their first Potbelly Sandwich Shop near 120th and Blondo in Omaha, Nebraska. The restaurant is also Nebraska's only Potbelly. (Photo by Matt Miller)

RICHMOND, Va. — Downtown’s newest office tower has scored its restaurant tenant.

A Potbelly Sandwich Works franchise has leased space on the ground floor of the Gateway Plaza building at 110 S. Ninth St.

The franchise is owned by Jay Clark and David Duke and will occupy 2,200 square feet in the 18-story tower.

Clark said he and Duke are looking forward to going after the downtown lunch crowd and the employees on the floors rising above their shop.

“The financial district is perfect for Potbelly,” Clark said. “Eighteen floors of built-in customers is attractive in its own way.”

Potbelly sells sandwiches, salads, soups and milkshakes in a fast-casual setting that caters to the lunch crowd. The brand has one other location in Richmond at 10921 W. Broad St. in the Colonnades West Shopping Center, which Duke opened in 2013.

Clark runs that West End location and is a co-owner of the downtown location. Before linking up with Potbelly, Clark was a partner in the Bobalicious frozen yogurt shop that opened and eventually closed on North Laurel Street at VCU.

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