Late last year I was invited to meet local restaurateurs and Firehouse Subs co-founders Chris and Robin Sorensen, two hot ex-firefighter brothers who parlayed a $30,000 investment into a multi-million dollar operation with over 500 locations world-wide. Wow - that was a long sentence. Hand cramp! I could write all day about these two - their story is such a blast - but I'll let them do the talking!
|Hook and Ladder|
|New York Steamer - Medium|
I frequent the Jax Beach store and one or two others, and have so far sampled the Firehouse Meatball sub, the New York Steamer (corned beef brisket, pastrami, provolone), The Italian, and my personal favorite so far, the Smokehouse Beef and Cheddar Brisket. These guys are not afraid of flavor!
|Meatballs! Like 'em? Get this!|
Meeting the family and staff behind the scenes of Firehouse Subs, one thing was clear. This business is a labor of love. Dad, mom, siblings, all play a role in their success.
Next to the subs themselves and the overall family vibe, the thing I was the most impressed about is that they clearly remember their roots. Success has not spoiled the Sorensens. A case in point - the good works being done through their charitable foundation, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which provides funding, life-saving equipment, disaster assistance and educational opportunities for first responders and public safety organizations.
|Share The LOVE! Enter to win one of these $10 gift cards!|
As our visit concluded we were given one these lovelies and asked to "Share the Love" with our readers - by giving away five $10 "Firehouse Funds" gift cards! So - I am about to do that - right now!
Comment on this blog post below - or tweet @Nancy_White on Twitter - and tell me why you love your favorite Firehouse sub - or if you haven't tried them yet, which one you think you'll order first when you do! From these comments and tweets, five lucky winners will be selected at random to receive a gift card, courtesy of Firehouse Subs. Good luck, peeps! I'll announce the winners next week.
I didn't like subs either until I did a tasting for my blog! A Firehouse sub is what I use to bribe my teenage son. And my fav is also the brisket and cheeseReplyDelete
Hook and Ladder sounds pretty good to me!ReplyDelete
You might need to plan a trip to Columbus - you were one of five winners randomly selected for a gift card from Firehouse Subs! Woot!Delete
The Hook and Ladder is probably my favorite as well. I appreciate that the sandwiches are each decidedly different in taste and texture from one another unlike that unnamed franchise. I also really, really appreciate that Firehouse as a community of corporate interests, franchisees and patrons supports the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. I hope other chains run with this idea and create their own (or support existing) foundations that serve our common greater good. Well done on all fronts guys!ReplyDelete
Congrats, Burner411 - you were one of five randomly selected entries to win! em me your mailing address for the gift certificate and enjoy!Delete
I actually have never tried their subs. The Firehouse Meatball sub sounds good to me!ReplyDelete
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I have tried the corn beef an it was out of this world,but thats the only one.I would love to try the hook an ladder also,it looks so delish,oh my goodness now I am so hungry.ReplyDelete
I have never tried their subs, but Hook and Ladder sounds goodReplyDelete
The Sorensen family rocks.. as does Firehouse Subs. I just love their story. The Turkey Bacon Ranch is my favorite!ReplyDelete
Firehouse Subs are the bomb! My favorite....the New York Steamer...juicy, cheesy, yumminess! Love that this is a family business.ReplyDelete
My favorite is the sweet and spicy meatball. so meaty and delish! with an awesome kick!ReplyDelete
Congrats, Andrea! You were one of five randomly selected entries to win! em me your mailing address for the gift certificate and enjoy!Delete
My fav is the Italian. I've tried others, but always go back. Just wish there was a location closer to my office.ReplyDelete
I've been there twice so far, and I'm itching to go again! So far I've tried the meatball sub and the turkey bacon ranch, and the latter was one of the best subs I've ever had. Of course I shared it with my significant other and she shared the same sentiment. :) These guys rock!ReplyDelete
I haven't been able to try Firehouse Subs yet but the Hook and Ladder looks delicious!ReplyDelete
OK Jeff - now you've got a reason to go try them out! You are one of five people randomly selected to receive the $10 Firehouse Subs giftcard! email me your mailing address please. NWDelete
I've only tried them once -- we recently moved to a new town that now has Firehouse! I need to go back to choose a favorite :)ReplyDelete
The Smokehouse brisket & Cheddar - I'm getting one today!ReplyDelete
I love the club with extra honey mustard. Just delicious. I love the Brownies also.ReplyDelete
Karen Edwards, Burner411, Andrea Trouten, Jeff Taylor, and Elizabeth Paulson (entry from Twitter) are the winners of the Firehouse Subs gift cards! Congrats, and thanks to everyone who entered!ReplyDelete
Tried the Steak and Cheese today....very delicious and filling!!ReplyDelete