BRISTOL – Firehouse Subs will reopen Wednesday, with local franchisees committed to providing quality sandwiches and service and continuing their support of local first responders.
Located at 594 Farmington Ave., the Bristol Firehouse Subs was open for two years before closing in 2019. The new franchisees include Clint Wallburg, who was the location’s general manager, Paul O’Leary, the owner of a local landscaping company and David Haberfeld, who owns several local properties. The restaurant will be hiring 15 employees, eight of whom are returning from when the restaurant was previously open.
Wallburg said that he and the other franchisees are excited to reopen the restaurant and provide “welcoming customer service” and “steamed to perfection” subs. Wednesday will be a “soft opening” and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week, children will be able to eat for free.
“We look forward to learning our guests’ names and favorite orders as we serve them with a smile every day,” he said.
Wallburg also stated that there will also be some changes since customers last came to firehouse. Unfortunately, due to covid-19, Firehouse Subs will no longer be able to offer the row of hot sauces graded in scale of intensity. However, Wallburg said that he has revamped the menu to make it more affordable.
“You’ll now be able to get a medium sandwich with chips and a drink for under $10,” he said.
Bob Baldacci, Firehouse Subs’ area representative for New England, said that he helped with the initial opening of the restaurant and that he is excited to see it reopening.
“This was a great restaurant and it was doing very well,” he said. “We’re looking forward to serving the community and assisting local first responders.”
Firehouse Subs has given $50 million to first responders, including $133,000 in New England, according to Baldacci.
While Firehouse Subs was open under the previous franchisee, it was able to provide a “jaws of life” for the local fire department. Baldacci said that Firehouse Subs has also provided first responders with ATVs and boats used for search and rescue operations.
Wallburg said that Firehouse Subs can provide one free meal a day to first responders that stop in.
“We can also go to the local police station or fire department and offer free meals,” said Wallburg.
A portion of every sale at Firehouse Subs benefits the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which is used to provide grants for lifesaving equipment, funding and education for first responders and public safety organizations. Wallburg encouraged local first responders to come to him if there is equipment that they need.
The Bristol Firehouse Subs restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The restaurant features 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, and outdoor seating will be available.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.