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There's also the "Jamaican Red," a spicy chicken sandwich; the "Kush" BLT; the "Apaculpo Gold" barbecue chicken version; and the "Magic Mushroom" veggie option featuring mounds of portabello. The "Munchies" section features items that can be shared, such as the "Loaded Not'chos," as well as salads and several dessert offerings under the "Treats" section like a home-made Rice Krispie bar.

There's a full-service bar too, with an equally playful beverage program. The "Cottonmouth Cures" menu comprises the shop's non-alcoholic offerings including fountain drinks, iced tea, Kool Aid and more, as well as a selection of local spirits and beers such as Live Oak Brewing Company and (512) Brewing Company. The full bar also incorporates a number of clever names — cocktails that include the Hash Can — Cheba Hut's most famous drink with a mysterious, boozy concoction of blue curacao, Red Bull and "all the things (L.I.I.T)" — as well as the Dirty Hippie made with fresh cucumbers, lemonade and Deep Eddy Vodka, the Bloody Mary Jane and more. Cheba Hut also offers a to-go bar menu.

The Fort Collins, Colorado-based chain has been around since 1998 after its founding in Arizona by Scott Jennings, since then "breaking the mold of mundane fast-casual concepts by becoming the first marijuana-themed sandwich 'joint,' company officials described in a press release. "Cheba Hut is dedicated to providing customers with delicious and memorable sandwich and munchie options in a chill, eclectic environment where made-to-order food is served by genuine people," officials described.

In checking out the spot from outside, Patch was unable to take a peek at the interior. Elsewhere in the U.S., locations feature large-scale psychedelic art and portraits of noted stoners such as Willie Nelson, Hunter S. Thomson and Richard "Cheech" Marin. Artwork in Austin will have a decidedly Austin spin, according to officials. The DeMaioribus boys sought out work from a local muralist to yield a local vibe, finding Austin-based couple Candy Kuo (@candy_statuskuo) and Fish (@manwithpencil) to illustrate the trippy theme: What if mankind disappeared, but the moonlight towers were kept on?

The resulting mural showcases the artists' unique styles with nods to Austin culture, incorporating the Congress Avenue Bridge, the urban bat colony, and the city's famed moonlight towers — the only known surviving set in the world.

Patch interviewed the father-and-son team of restaurateurs last year before the duo had even found a site for their venture, telling us they had narrowed down the search. Originally from Buffalo, New York, the elder DeMaioribus had retired from a career in electronics while his son was wrapping up a job as general manager for Jersey Mike's, another sandwich chain. The son said he discovered Cheba Hut while attending school in Arizona, and thought it would be a good fit in Austin — and the ideal venture to go into business with his dad, which had been a longtime goal.

"My stated goal was to retire early and open a neighborhood bar," the elder entrepreneur told Patch. "I thought it would be a nice retirement job. Joey came up with the idea this was something he wanted to do. When we stumbled on Cheba Hut, this checked all the boxes. I believe the concept is perfect for us."

His son agreed, noting the Austin vibe lends itself to the restaurant's theme: "Austin is the little sweet spot in Texas," he said. "It's Austin weird —a little bit more out there — and I could see it would work really well. Everybody we talk to about it in this area or even outside the area has expressed to us it will do really well."

In a separate telephone interview, the Cheba Hut chief relationship officer, Seth Larsen, echoed the sentiments: "Austin definitely has a vibe, and we can add to that and fit right in," he said as the DeMaioribus duo scoured the city for a good space. "It's a perfect fit, and we're looking forward to getting started."

In adherence to state guidelines amid a time of coronavirus, Cheba Hut will open at 50 percent capacity. Guests can also place orders for curbside pickup online and via Cheba Hut's free app available for Android and iOS. Delivery is available through DoorDash.

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