Local Restaurateur Family Opens First Firehouse Subs in Bartow
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Local Restaurateur Family Opens First Firehouse Subs in Bartow

January 03, 2020 // Franchising.com // BARTOW, Fla. - Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first location in Bartow, Florida at 280 E. Van Fleet Drive. The restaurant is now open under the ownership of Firehouse Subs Franchisee Bobby Sahgal.

Firehouse Subs serves a variety of hot specialty subs, piled high with premium meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh daily in-restaurant and steamed together to bring out the ingredients’ natural flavors, served “Fully Involved®” with fresh produce and condiments. In addition to its signature subs, the restaurant offers a variety of catering options from sandwich and dessert platters to salads and snacks to fuel any occasion.

This is Sahgal’s second Firehouse Subs restaurant. With the help of his brothers, Rick Sahgal and Andy Sahgal, Bobby Sahgal has owned and operated a Firehouse Subs restaurant in Winter Haven for nearly 12 years. Originally from Ohio, the brothers had success with another restaurant franchise before learning about Firehouse Subs from a customer. Once the Sahgals tasted the brand’s hearty, flavorful food and learned how it gives back through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, they were determined to move to Florida and own a Firehouse Subs restaurant. Bobby Sahgal’s wife, Sonia Sahgal, will be the general manager for this new location in Bartow.

“We were drawn to Firehouse Subs because it’s a brand with a soul,” Bobby Sahgal said. “Not only do we serve amazing food, but we make it a priority to make a positive impact in our communities through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. It’s woven into everything we do in our restaurants.”

The Sahgal family is dedicated to sharing the brand’s commitment to heartfelt service and giving back through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has granted more than $7.5 million in Florida. A portion of every sale at any Firehouse Subs in the U.S. benefits the Foundation, allowing the Foundation to achieve its mission of providing lifesaving equipment, funding and education to first responders and public safety organizations across the country.

The Bartow Firehouse Subs restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. It will offer third-party delivery and in-house catering services to accommodate occasions of all sizes, from office meetings to family gatherings.

Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant décor reflects the founding family’s decades of fire and police service with gear and photos donated by local fire departments. It boasts a custom, hand-painted mural by Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas, featuring local heroes from the City of Bartow Fire Department in front of the fire station and the historic Polk County Courthouse. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas and his team have painted more than 1,185 murals from his studio at Firehouse Subs Headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. The 501(c)(3) Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $48 million to hometown heroes in 49 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Each restaurant recycles five-gallon pickle buckets, available to guests for a $3 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters explain the nonprofit’s mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.

Enjoy more subs. Save more lives. To learn more, visit https://www.firehousesubs.com.

About Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs® is a fast-casual restaurant chain with a passion for Hearty and Flavorful Food, Heartfelt Service and Public Safety. Founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1994 by brothers and former firefighters Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, hot subs, steamed and piled high with the highest quality meats and cheeses and its commitment to saving lives through the establishment of the non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. The founders are the real deal, the food is their creation and the brand is built upon a family of franchise operators who share their same passion for generously serving food and community. This year, Firehouse of America and Firehouse Subs suppliers will together donate a portion of purchases at Firehouse Subs locations to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase of lifesaving equipment, with a minimum donation of $1 million. Firehouse Subs is consistently recognized as one of the leading brands in the U.S. among consumers. Newsweek named Firehouse Subs No. 1 in the fast-casual restaurant industry on its 2019 list of America’s Best Customer Service Brands. Firehouse Subs was listed as No. 3 in the sandwich category of “The Fast-Food Brands of the Year” by The Harris Poll’s 2019 EquiTrends Brands Equity Index. In 2018, Firehouse Subs was named the No. 1 brand in the restaurant industry that “Supports Local Community Activities” and ranked No. 1 among Fast Casual brands in “Food Quality” and “Taste and Flavor” in Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics rankings.

Enjoy more subs. Save more lives. To learn more, visit https://www.firehousesubs.com.

Quick Facts:

  • More than 1,185 restaurants in 46 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and non-traditional locations
  • $48 million+ granted to public safety organizations via Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®
  • Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Firehouse Rewards program offers points for free items, free birthday subs and more on Google Play and the App Store

Media Contacts:

Vanessa De La Viña
Firehouse Subs

The Zimmerman Agency

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