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.