ELLSWORTH — Quiznos, Ellsworth’s newest sandwich shop, will begin a grand opening celebration, “Toast Our Community,” on March 16 and lasting throughout the month.
The franchise restaurant officially opened for business on Jan. 5. Quiznos is on Route 1 heading Downeast in the former Bucky’s Satellite building across from V.I.P. Auto.
“It’s been warming,” said owner Tim Birmingham, who also owns the Brewer location.
When announcing his plan to open a restaurant in Ellsworth last fall, Birmingham described Quiznos as an “upscale sub shop.”
“What differentiates us and our competition is we use real meats, we use real cheese,” instead of “processed” meat and cheese.
For example, the Baja Chicken sub has chicken, bacon, cheddar, red onion and mild Chipotle mayo, sweet and smoky barbecue sauce and fresh cilantro.
The steak sandwiches have proved popular at the Ellsworth store.
Birmingham said all the sandwiches are toasted, which is what drew him to Quizno’s initially while he was in the Marine Corps.
But, besides subs, there are salads, and cookies. During fall and winter, soups are on the menu.
As part of the grand opening celebration on March 16, the Ellsworth Quiznos will begin serving lobster sandwiches and lobster salads.
Birmingham has gotten a positive response from some local lobstermen he has served samples of the lobster sandwich to.
Another part of the celebration will be a fuel giveaway promotion. Quiznos will donate 100 gallons of oil to a customer and another 100 gallons to the city of Ellsworth for its fuel assistance program for those in need.
Birmingham employs 13 people at the Ellsworth shop and about eight in Brewer.
Birmingham has extensive restaurant experience.
“I grew up working for Napoli Pizza,” he said. “I used to work at Applebee’s. I helped open the Bangor store.”
Birmingham and his wife, Amanda, live in Holden. They have three daughters: Alexis, 6; Alayna, 4; and Adyson, 11 months.
For more details pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.