Jersey Mike’s, the sub shop that prides itself on providing “not just a sub, but an experience”, will have its grand opening on December 4th at Rhode Island Row (see here for the Insider’s story on this shop). This will be Jersey Mike’s first DC location. See the full press release below:
Ambitious Franchisee Brings Jersey Mike’s to D.C. for First Time
Jersey Mike’s prides itself on providing “not just a sub, but an experience.” Franchise owner Sean Schoonover trained at the original store to deliver the most authentic Jersey experience possible. Their roast beef is trimmed, tied, and cooked in house to medium rare, while their meats and cheeses (which are always sliced to order) are shipped each day along with their bread from their tried-and-true Jersey distributors.
Jersey Mike’s is devoted to giving back to the community, and the new location has teamed up with “Powerful Beyond Measure,” a non-profit organization that focuses on youth development in low-income families. From December 4-8, the store will give away a free sub to customers who donate a dollar or more to PBM with a coupon (30,000 of which will be distributed to the neighborhood during launch week, and which will also be available at www.teamwashington.com).
A person to watch here is Schoonover, the driving force behind Jersey Mike’s expansion into D.C. Born and raised in College Park, MD, Sean began part timing at Dominos Pizza at 14, and by 19 he was a manager at Dominos with the goal of owning his own restaurant by 25. Sean won Manager of the Year awards in 2006 and 2007, and in 2008 started at Jersey Mike’s, overseeing manager and franchisee training as part of a build out of stores in the DMV market. By April 2012 had rounded up the money to become a Jersey Mike’s franchisee himself. True to his word, he was just 25.
Next, Sean will help get the DMV market built out to 140 stores (there are currently 19) and is currently looking for his next site in the District.