Arby’s announced on Wednesday it will begin offering venison sandwiches again — this time nationwide — starting Oct. 21 at all 3,300 locations spanning seven countries.
However, for patrons living near three restaurants in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, something extra also will be on the menu this hunting season — a special, limited-edition elk sandwich.
The special sandwiches will be available at restaurants located at 200 East 144th Ave., Thornton, Colo.; 2607 CY Ave., Casper, Wyo.; and 2834 King Ave. W, Billings, Mont. They will be made with tender elk steak, blackberry port steak sauce and crispy onions on a toasted specialty roll, according to a news release.
“With the Venison Sandwich now available nationwide, Arby’s culinary team is already searching for the next bold limited-edition meat to add to the menu,” the release said.
The venison burgers will be made with deer steak, juniper berry steak sauce and crispy onions on a star-top bun. They will only be available while supplies last and are expected to run out quickly. Venison sandwich were served in just five hunting-centric locations last year as part of a limited-edition offer, and the response was to the offer so strong that the company decided to take it nationwide.
“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,” Chief Marketing Office Jim Taylor said in the 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.”
News of this limited-edition deal comes on the heels of McDonald’s one-day offering Oct. 7 of its special Szechuan Dipping Sauce, originally released alongside the Disney animated film “Mulan” in 1998 and popularized again this millennium thanks to the Adult Swim show “Rick and Morty” on Cartoon Network — in which the main character, Rick, is obsessed with the sauce.
When supplies of the dipping sauce ran out almost immediately, several fans of the show became hysterical and launched into tirades about the stores’ lack of the condiment. McDonald’s later announced it would be bringing back the sauce nationwide this winter, and for longer than just a day.