Military Family Opens First Firehouse Subs Restaurant in Sulphur
Restaurant Features Drive-Thru for quick, easy take out
July 07, 2020 // Franchising.com // SULPHUR, La. - Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first location in Sulphur, Louisiana, at 206 S. Cities Service Highway, Suite 6. The restaurant will open its doors to the public on Saturday, July 4, under the ownership of first-time Firehouse Subs Franchisees Robert and Cynthia Callaway.
This is the first restaurant for the Callaways, who are both retired U.S. Air Force veterans after serving for more than two decades each. Robert Callaway was stationed in Louisiana for the last six years, and the couple started looking into franchise companies as a way to start their own business while staying in the area for their children. They loved eating at Firehouse Subs over the years, and when the opportunity to own a franchise presented itself, they knew it was the perfect fit, especially with the brand’s commitment to public safety.
“Not only is the food phenomenal, but the way Firehouse Subs restaurants give back on a daily basis through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation really resonated with us,” Robert Callaway said. “Serving in the Air Force, we saw firsthand the limited resources and funds that first responders have available to keep our communities safe. We’re excited to start our family business while making an impact locally.”
The Sulphur Firehouse Subs restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The restaurant features a drive thru window for quick and easy takeout orders, in addition to online ordering through the Firehouse Subs app or website, call-in phone orders or takeout service at the counter inside. It also offers third-party delivery and in-house catering services to accommodate occasions of all sizes, from office meetings to family gatherings. Following state and local regulations, the dining room will open at 50% capacity.
The Callaways are dedicated to sharing the brand’s commitment to giving back through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has granted more than $802,000 in Louisiana. 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.
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.
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, highlighting Sulphur’s history as a mining community with local heroes from the Sulphur Fire Department in a mining cart along with local children in front of the Brimstone Museum. The mural also pays homage to the U.S. Air Force with its logo and an eagle flying in the sky. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas and his team have painted more than 1,170 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 $51 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.
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 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. Based on recent Technomic Ignite consumer data, Firehouse Subs is currently ranked America’s No. 1 Favorite Fast-Casual Chain, America’s No. 1 Favorite Sandwich Chain and America’s No. 4 Favorite Chain overall. In 2019, 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 the categories of Food Quality, Taste and Flavor, and Service and Hospitality in Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics rankings.
Enjoy more subs. Save more lives. To learn more, visit https://www.firehousesubs.com.
- More than 1,170 restaurants in 45 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and non-traditional locations
- $51 million+ granted to public safety organizations via Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®
- Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.
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