Arby's doubles down on venison

Quick-service chain also to offer elk at three locations


Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News

Oct 11, 2017


Last year Arby's became the first national quick-service chain to offer game meat with the launch of a venison sandwich.


But history books would likely put an asterisk by that claim as the limited-time offer was only available at 17 of the Atlanta-based chain's more than 3,200 units — all in areas with avid deer hunters — and only 500 sandwiches were available at each location, which the chain reported sold out in minutes.


Now Arby's is relaunching the sandwich, made with thick-cut red tailed deer farm-raised in New Zealand nationwide on Oct. 21.


The sandwich, comprised of the marinated deer meat, juniper-infused Cabernet steak sauce and fried onions on a toasted specialty roll, will still be available for a limited time and, even with a $7 price tag, $2 higher than last year, an Arby's spokeswoman said it is expected to sell out quickly.


Arby's also is introducing an elk sandwich on the same day at three locations, one each in the Denver suburb of Thornton, Colo., Casper, Wyo., and Billings, Mont.


It's also $7.


“The positive response to our limited offering of venison last year was so widespread and passionate that we knew we had to find a way to offer it nationwide,” Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., chief marketing officer Jim Taylor said in a press release. “On October 21, we want hunters and meat enthusiasts across the country to visit their local Arby’s and enjoy this amazing sandwich. It’s a perfect example of the level of innovation coming from our teams and our commitment to creating experiences that guests can only get at Arby’s.”


The venison and elk sandwiches come on the heels of another extreme LTO at Arby's: