Restauranteur with Three Decades of experience Keeps the Fire Burning with Opening of First Firehouse Subs in Hialeah
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Restauranteur with Three Decades of experience Keeps the Fire Burning with Opening of First Firehouse Subs in Hialeah

May 21, 2019 // Franchising.com // HIALEAH, Fla. - Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first location in Hialeah at 407 W. 49th Street, Ste. 1B. The restaurant will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, May 21 under the ownership of Firehouse Subs Franchisee Mariano Affranchino. Firehouse Subs serves premium meats and cheeses steamed and piled high on a toasted sub roll, served “Fully Involved®” with fresh produce and condiments. In addition to its signature subs, the restaurant offers a variety of catering options from sandwich and dessert platters to salads and snacks to fuel any occasion.

This is Affranchino’s eighth Firehouse Subs restaurant, after recently opening locations in Doral and Dania Beach. Affranchino, who moved to South Florida from Argentina, has worked for international restaurant brands for nearly three decades. He opened his first Firehouse Subs restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale in 2015 and has plans to open several more locations in South Florida over the next few years.

“We’ve had our eye on opening a Firehouse Subs restaurant in Hialeah for a long time, and I’m confident this community is going to love our welcoming customer service and hearty and flavorful hot subs,” Affranchino said. “We look forward to working closely with the local fire and police departments to give back to the community and provide lifesaving equipment through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, as we have done at our other restaurants in South Florida.”

Affranchino is dedicated to serving the community by giving back through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has granted more than $6.8 million in Florida.

The Hialeah Firehouse Subs restaurant is open Sunday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will offer third-party delivery and in-house catering services.

Founded by former firefighting brothers, the Hialeah restaurant décor reflects the founding family’s decades of fire and police service with gear and photos donated by the local fire department. It boasts a custom, hand-painted mural by Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas showcasing the scenic entrance to the City of Hialeah along with the local heroes from the Hialeah Fire Department. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas and his team have painted more than 1,170 murals from his studio at Firehouse Subs Headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.

Firehouse Subs offers small, medium and large hot specialty subs, including the number one selling Hook & Ladder® sub, served with smoked turkey breast and Virginia honey ham smothered with Monterey Jack cheese. Other top sellers include the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket™ loaded with USDA choice beef brisket smoked for up to 16 hours in an authentic Texas smokehouse and topped with melted cheddar cheese and a special combination of sauces, including Sweet Baby Ray’s® Barbecue Sauce. Additionally, each restaurant offers an assortment of 25+ complimentary hot sauces, including Captain Sorensen’s® Datil Pepper Hot Sauce, named in honor of the founding brothers’ father, Rob Sorensen, a 43-year retired fire captain.

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. The 501(c)(3) Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $42 million to hometown heroes in 49 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Each restaurant recycles five-gallon pickle buckets, available to guests for a $2 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters explain the nonprofit’s mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.

Enjoy more subs. Save more lives. To learn more, visit http://www.firehousesubs.com.

About Firehouse Subs

Celebrating 25 years of business in 2019, Firehouse Subs® is a fast casual restaurant chain with a passion for Hearty and Flavorful Food, Heartfelt Service and Public Safety. Founded in 1994 by brothers and former firefighters Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, hot subs, steamed and piled high with the highest quality meats and cheeses and its commitment to saving lives through the establishment of the non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. The founders are the real deal, the food is their creation and the restaurant is built upon a family of franchise operators who share their same passion for generously serving food and community. This year, Firehouse of America, LLC (franchisor for the brand) will donate a portion of all purchases at U.S. Firehouse Subs restaurants to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, resulting in a minimum donation of one million dollars. Firehouse Subs is consistently recognized as one of the leading brands in the U.S. among consumers. In 2018, Firehouse Subs was named the No. 1 brand in the restaurant industry that “Supports Local Community Activities” and ranks No. 1 among Fast Casual brands in “Food Quality” and “Taste and Flavor” in Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics rankings. Firehouse Subs was also named No. 2 in “America’s Favorite Fast Casual Chain” rankings by Technomic Ignite.

Enjoy more subs. Save more lives. To learn more, visit http://www.firehousesubs.com.

Quick Facts:

  • More than 1,170 restaurants in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada
  • $42+ million donated to public safety organizations via Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®
  • Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.

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