A Brief History of Bunk

The original Bunk Sandwiches opened its doors to a magical and hungry Portland in the fall of 2008, with a tip of the hat to the greatest television detective of all time, William “Bunk” Moreland on ‘The Wire’.

Made with high-quality ingredients, Bunk sandwiches are creative and comforting, satisfying and delicious. Bunk's signature sandwiches  - such as the Pork Belly Cubano, the Meatball Parmiagano Hero, and the Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw - have garnered national media attention from the likes of The Food Network, Food & Wine Magazine, and Travel + Leisure. The praise from national and local media have made Bunk a favorite for locals as well as a must-eat option for visitors.

In 2010, Tommy and Nick joined forces with Bladen County Records founder and legendary barman, Matt Brown. Together, they opened the original Bunk Bar on SE Water Ave, bringing some of the best and most non-traditional indie rock shows that the Pacific NW has ever seen. (Plus molé tater tots and frozen margaritas for good measure.)

Since then, Tommy, Matt and Nick have opened up Bunk Sandwiches in downtown Portland, Bunk Bar at The Wonder Ballroom, Bunk Sandwiches at The Moda Center and Bunk Sandwiches on NE Alberta.

So, why Bunk Sandwiches you may ask? Well, why the heck not? Aren’t you tired of everybody bragging about “the greatest burger in the universe” or “the country’s best cup of coffee” or “the world’s best blah blah blah”? Here at Bunk Sandwiches, we’ve decided to level the playing field. We didn’t think it was very nice to brag about how incredibly awesome our sandwiches are. We figured we would let your tongues do the talking. There have been many copycats. But, if you want the real bunk, there’s only one place to go: Bunk Sandwiches.

People of Bunk


Bunk Sandwiches is owned and operated by good friends and sandwich aficionados, Tommy Habetz, Nick Wood, and Matt Brown.


Tommy Habetz

b. 1972
Bridgeport, CT

First Moved to Portland, OR 1994

Favorite Work Experience: Po or Mesa Grill- New York City, NY

Favorite Portland Restaurant: Either Pok Pok or Le Pigeon

Favorite Portland Band: The Wipers or Elliott Smith/Heatmiser

Favorite Sando: Meatball Parmigiano Hero or Bacon, Egg and Cheese on a poppy seed hard roll.

“Sometimes, it’s hard to choose!” -Tommy


Nick Wood

Cincinnati, OH
First Moved to Portland, OR 2005

Favorite Work Experience: Brennan’s- New Orleans, LA

Favorite Portland Restaurant: Simpatica Dining Hall, Sunday brunch

Favorite Portland Bar: The Slammer

Favorite Sando: Hot Sausage Po’ Boy dressed with green tomato pickles


Matt Brown

Elizabethtown, NC
First Moved to Portland, OR 2001

Favorite Work Experience: The Stingray Room - Raleigh, NC

Favorite Portland Restaurant: Navarre

Favorite Portland Band: Modest Mouse

Favorite Sando: Shrimp Po' Boy

What our customers are saying:

On first bite I wanted to take off all my clothes and run up to the roof…and SING!”

"Go there now, eat a Pork Belly Cubano, and be happy."

"Holy sh**!   Those were the first words that came to mind after I took my first bite at Bunk Sandwiches."

"With pork grease running down the side of my mouth, I stared at the sandwich with my hands gently holding the masterpiece and smiled. I finally found the one."