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Shayna’s Place, Sylvan Thirty’s Sweet New Sandwich Spot, Debuts This Week

Shayna’s Place provides employment opportunities to people with special needs

Shayna’s Place
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Shayna’s Place, a Rhode Island export known for its killer sandwiches, will officially debut at Dallas’s Sylvan Thirty development early next month.

The restaurant is set to officially debut at 1868 Sylvan on November 2 after quietly opening for limited hours this week. It’s the first Texas location for Shayna’s Place, which was originally founded by owner Lou Olerio in honor of his cousin Shayna, who has Down syndrome and is described by the restaurant as the “ultimate foodie,” as a way to provide employment opportunities for people with special needs.

Salads, smoothies, and breakfast options are on the menu at Shayna’s Place, but the real draw is the East Coast-style sandwiches. Find “grinders,” also known as hoagies or sub sandwiches like the Vinny’s Kitchen, an award-winning sandwich topped with prosciutto di Parma, capicola, provolone, hot peppers, and Shayna’s dressing. Vegetarian and vegan options like sprout-topped avocado toast and a roasted eggplant sandwich are pretty abundant on the menu, along with a full menu of coffee drinks.

When it opens, Shayna’s Place will be the second Dallas-area dining establishment to focus on hiring individuals with special needs. In 2015, restaurateur Tom Landis opened Howdy Homemade, an ice cream shop known for its Dr. Pepper chocolate chip scoops, to provide similar job opportunities.

When Shayna’s Place arrives on November 2, the restaurant will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.