The official opening of the Cardington Subway was described by many as a “good day for Cardington.”
The business, at 122 South Marion Street, opened officially April 5. The franchise is owned by Steve Dexter. He is assisted by his wife, Holly and son, Steve. There are a total of 16 employees.
Dexter, a Marion resident, who owned a grocery and Subway in Prospect, leased this building in July, 2013.
“It was the only building (in Cardington) I could find,” he said. He gutted the building from the floor up.
The decor follows the guidelines of all Subway Restaurants with the Pairberry color tone. Dexter said the standard colors are changed every seven years so the decor is the very latest. The floor is of ceramic tile. A sparkling clean prep room is the site of daily preparations.
“Food is prepared fresh every day,” said Dexter, ” no holdovers.” To the south of the prep room are a floor to ceiling stainless steel walk in cooler (temperature kept at 37 degrees ) and a floor to ceiling walk in freezer (temperature kept at 1 degree). Dexter explained these appliances were delivered in sections which he put together.
The store offers the same nutritional food found in all Subway restaurants. A warming oven keeps bread warm until it is sold. The oven for toasting is next to it. The Subway choice of sandwich fillings is protected by a glass panel and the employees handle all food items with gloved hands.
Dexter said the restaurant, as are all Subways, inspected every month. We never know when they are coming,” said Dexter.
A new delivery door with a sloped ramp has been installed outside the north wall. This delivery door will allow for the reception of supplies that will not interfere with the business area of the store.
Fleming Construction, Prospect, was the contractor, said Dexter.
There is seating in the restaurant, in booths and tables for 34 patrons. There are also two rest rooms.
Dexter said deliveries will be made of their food items, with a $10 minimum order.
To order call 419-718-8005 or fax 419-718-8006.
The entry way to the Subway has been made handicap accessible with a ramp along side the front steps.
The restaurant is open seven days a week, 7 am to 10 pm Monday through Thurs-
day; 7 am to11 pm on Friday and Saturday and 9 am to 10 pm on Sunday.
Grocery stores sat on this site as far back as the 1880’s. One of the first grocery
stores was that of Brumback and Rinehart. Later it was occupied by grocers Donovan Brothers, C. H. Farrington and Smiley’s Market, the last grocery store on the site. Later, it became a restaurant and when the front of that business was destroyed in the 1981 tornado the building was razed by owners Lloyd and Lois Ruehrmund, who rebuilt it. It continued to function as a restaurant with several owners and people who leased and/or owned it through the years.
Commenting on the new Subway were Mayor Susie Peyton, who said “Thank you for choosing Cardington -we’re very pleased to have you here.”
Her sentiments were echoed by village councilwoman Sherry Graham, who was enjoying her morning cup of coffee at the business.
Peg Griffin who was dining on the subs with her mother, Barbara Weise, said “It’s brought a nice business to town. It’s nice to see Cardington growing again.”
Weise said “It’s a great asset and good to see the town grow a little.”
Jim Ullom, the village’s retired fire chief said “I love it. I’m glad they came to Card-ington. They have a good crew working- they put out a good sandwich. The crew and owners are courteous and polite.
Hillary Gliem who was dining with her cousins, Ethan Long and Katie Sanders, the latter from Waynesfield, said “I think it was a wonderful experience. I loved the atmosphere and I loved the spinning wheel.” Hillary was impressed by the ‘nice crew - they were so polite.”
Dexter said they made over 600 six- inch sandwiches for the give away on their grand opening day. A popular attraction was the spinning wheel where everyone won something.
Dexter said, “We’re excited about being in Cardington. There are a lot of good customers and a lot of nice people. Everything went well - it was a fun day.”