A sub sandwich shop making its first inroads into the Cleveland area by moving to Mayfield Heights next month.
Firehouse Subs will open a shop at 6232 Mayfield Road in Mayfield Heights in October. It will then take over a Strongsville spot vacated by The Steak Escape at 17200 Royalton Rd.
There are also Ohio locations in Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati.
Franchise owner Matthew Mikola said he hopes to open the Strongsville restaurant in early November.
"We'll be in before the holidays," he said.
The chain was started by a pair of firefighter brothers in Florida 18 years ago and how has more than 550 restaurants in 32 states and Puerto Rico.
The menu boasts hot and cold subs, with specialties like the Hook & Ladder (smoked turkey, honey ham and melted Monterey jack) and the Engineer (turkey, melted swiss and sauteed mushrooms).
You can get the sandwiches "Fully Involved," which means topped with mayo, mustard, lettuce, onion and tomato.
Sides include soup, chips, cookies and brownies.
Mikola, a Kent State University grad who lives in Stow, said he's not worried about introducing an unfamilar brand into the area.
"The food carries it," he said. "Once somebody tries it, they'll be back on a weekly basis."
The company will also introduce the area to its Public Safety Foundation, which offers grants to communities for equipment, gives scholarships and aid to people studying safety careers and feeds victims of disasters.