Posted on | January 12, 2017 | No Comments
by Chris Samuels, Tempe Chamber of Commerce
For many restaurants and cafes, it can be hard to build the perfect sandwich. For many businesses, it can be a challenge to find the right balance of maintaining profits and giving back to the community.
But the newest member of the Chamber has found the answer to both.
Originally founded in Salt Lake City in 2014, Even Stevens was built on the idea of not only serving award-winning sandwiches and café food, but also giving back to the community in an impactful and meaningful way.
At the restaurant’s ribbon cutting with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce for their 10th store on Rural Rd. near Apache Blvd., and third in Arizona, founder Steve Down described the goal and mission of his chain.
“First and foremost, our goal is to provide the best sandwich in the state of Arizona,” Down said. “We’ve won the best sandwich in the state of Utah for three consecutive years now. But what makes us truly unique in the marketplace is that for every sandwich we serve, we provide a sandwich of equal nutritional value. So it’s a buy-one-get-one. We refer to it as, ‘eat to give’.”
This model of “eat to give” has had such an impact on local charities that Down reported that the company will be preparing to give their millionth sandwich in the coming week — after only two-and-a-half years since its founding.
The opportunity of not only providing a good sandwich to the students of adjacent ASU, but to make an impact with the food insecure of Tempe excites Even Steven’s store general manager, Brittany Scent.
“I’m beyond excited,” said Scent. “This is not only an amazing opportunity, but the cause that is happening within Even Stevens and helping our communities is amazing. I’m more than blessed and honored to be apart of it.”
Even Stevens will be partnering with four local nonprofits: UMOM, Operation Care Food Bank, the Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and the Tempe Community Action Agency.