LIMA — Penn Station East Coast Subs, a fast-casual restaurant known for its grilled, made-to-order sub sandwiches, hand-squeezed lemonade and fresh-cut fries, will open May 31 at 2300 Elida Road. It will be the first location in Lima.
Brian Bullerman and Hank Barnard are opening the new Lima restaurant with their managing owner, Phil Adkins. The business partners also own Penn Station locations in Findlay, Bowling Green and Mansfield. They would like to eventually have five to eight restaurants in the north central Ohio area, bounded between Columbus, Toledo and Dayton.
“Hank and I have both always been entrepreneurial, and a few years ago we were ready to start a new venture,” Bullerman said. “When we thought of a restaurant franchise, we thought of Penn Station. The food is phenomenal and the company has been incredible to work with. We are so excited to open in Lima and bring this Ohio classic to Lima residents.”
Barnard said they’ve been wanting to open a Lima location for years, but they couldn’t find a storefront that would fit their needs until recently.
“It really came down to timing,” Barnard said. “After we opened a couple other locations, we started touring again and found the center on Elida Road.”
The restaurant will employ 25 to 30 people, and Barnard said they are still hiring. Those interested in applying may stop by the store for an application.
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