When Michael Youssef and Sam Kaiser found themselves furloughed from their jobs as hotel food and beverage managers, the duo decided to make the best out of a bad situation and start slinging sandwiches via a new ghost kitchen eatery they’re calling Furlough Brothers.
Operating out of CloudKitchens in the Trinity Groves area, which allows restaurant concepts to start serving quickly with far less risk than taking out a lease on a traditional restaurant, Youssef and Kaiser’s new eatery will focus on cheesesteaks and other hearty sandwiches alongside unique twists on calzones and more decadent options like mac-and-cheese muffins, al pastor burritos.
The duo, who met while working at Dallas’s Hilton Anatole hotel, both hail from the Northeast and found themselves missing the quality cheesesteaks they were used to back home. “We wanted to bring something to Dallas that properly paid tribute to an iconic sandwich, but also allowed us to be creative,” Youssef tells Eater. “It was important to us to use real, fresh shaved meat and build upon the popularity of Cheese Whiz by creating our own cheese sauce.”
Priced at $10-$11 each, the sandwiches will be available via popular delivery apps UberEats, Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash, and ChowNow starting in early February.