The Bornks are coming!
You may have already noticed the sign going up at 15th and Custer; it is a funny name after all. Erbert and Gerbert’s is a sandwich shop chain from the Midwest set to open its doors in Plano on Saturday, August 6. Owner Aubrey Janik looks like your average college kid, but this 22 year old, a Plano native, is the chain’s youngest ever franchisee.
Aubrey went to Plano ISD schools (shout out to Mr. Solomon at Shepard Elementary), graduated from Plano Senior High and then attended Collin College for 2 years. In high school, she started investing her hard-earned money in the stock market with help from her dad. Aubrey started small, and gradually she was able to make a profit that she’s now using to open her own franchise of Erbert and Gerbert’s.
After Collin College, Aubrey spent six months in Chicago being mentored by a franchise owner. She was advised not to pick the same old franchises but to find something different and unique to take back home to Plano. A friend in North Dakota called and told her she had to check out Erbert and Gerbert’s, so she drove all the way from Chicago to Wisconsin to visit a store. She knew it was exactly what she’d been looking for.
Dallas is saturated with restaurants; you can find just about anything here along Central Expressway. Aubrey wanted to bring something different to town, and why not locate it a stone’s throw from her old childhood neighborhood? Aubrey’s Plano store is the chain’s first location in DFW and the second in Texas (a third Texas location will open soon in Denton).
Erbert and Gerbert’s is a sandwich shop with high quality, fresh ingredients, according to Aubrey. She believes people are tired of eating highly processed food and E&G serves quality food made fast. Another differentiator are their vegetarian and gluten-free options. “It’s not just a sandwich wrapped in lettuce,” Aubrey says. “We have real, fresh gluten-free bread, as well as soups that are vegetarian or gluten-free.”
So what’s up with the wacky name? The grandfather of Erbert and Gerbert’s founder used to tell him stories as a kid, and the main characters were, you guessed it, Erbert and Gerbert. In fact, the names of all the sandwiches are characters from his stories. So you too will get to know Titan, Erupter, Narmer, Girf, Tappy, Bornk and Pudder, to name a few. So get ready to walk into Erbert and Gerbert’s and holler, “Bornk me!”
Erbert & Gerbert’s will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, August 6. The first 100 customers on Saturday get a free t-shirt. There will be prize giveaways in store every day for the first two weeks, August 6-19.Erbert and Gerbert's Plano Facebook Page >