Firehouse Subs’ new location in Northeast Columbia is celebrating its grand opening today.
The restaurant, located at 1516 Ellie Drive, is owned by Larry and Jody Chandler. The local pair recently signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to develop four additional restaurants in the greater Columbia area.
“With over 30 years in the restaurant industry, I connected immediately to the entire experience – from the friendly atmosphere and quality product to the brand’s outstanding commitment to serving the local community,” Larry Chandler said in a news release. “We couldn’t ask for a better place to open than Columbia, or a more perfect brand to invest with and grow.”
The Chandlers plan to continue Firehouse Subs’ tradition of helping public safety organizations through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has donated more than $1.4 million throughout the state. The restaurant chain was founded by former firefighting brothers.
The new location offers third-party delivery services and a to-go station. It will be open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The restaurant includes a hand-painted mural by artist Joe Puskas depicting a South Carolina Highway Patrol car across from a Columbia Fire Department engine. A firefighter and three children cavort with Cocky, the University of South Carolina’s mascot.