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January 8, 2015 at 2:17 PM

Paseo reopens! Seattle’s sandwich salvation complete

Ryan Santwire, the new owner of Paseo. / MARK HARRISON

Ryan Santwire, the new owner of Paseo. (Photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times)

Paseo is back, and new owner Ryan Santwire says, “The food is better than ever.”

Seattle’s favorite sandwich shop “soft-soft opened” today at its original Fremont location, with no fanfare out of concern for the kitchen getting slammed. “We literally didn’t tell a soul,” Santwire says, but the smell of onions frying from the still-papered-up storefront this morning were one passerby’s clue, and just opening the doors caused an avalanche of business.

“We had 50 people in the first 30 minutes,” Santwire says.

Sandwich-making resumes at Paseo today, to the city's vast relief. / Courtesy Ryan Santwire

Sandwich-making resumes at Paseo today, to the city’s vast relief. / Courtesy Ryan Santwire

The menu is exactly the same, as are the suppliers for bread, meats, etc. Most importantly, many members of the original staff have returned to recreate the Caribbean Roast sandwich that Paseo is famous for — the loss of which sent Seattle into citywide mourning in November.

Only two changes have been made: The shop is now taking credit cards, and they are striving to never run out of bread (which was not uncommon in Paseo’s original incarnation; the bread comes from Macrina Bakery).

“We will do a better job of getting sandwiches to people without running out,” Santwire says, though he cannot promise an endless supply in what will likely be a mad rush at the beginning. “Get here early,” he advises.

Have you gone over yet? If so, drop me a line at bclement@seattletimes.com or on Twitter at @BJeanClement

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