Florida sandwich chain brings hot & cold subs to Dallas-Fort Worth
A sub sandwich restaurant chain founded in Florida is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth with two locations in the works. Called Jon Smith Subs, it's a chain known for its subs made fresh and novel French fries, and will debut in North Texas in mid-2023.
Bringing the concept to North Texas is Rama Mullapadi, an entrepreneur who says he liked the freshness of the food.
The two locations are:
- Fort Worth, at The Neil P. Anderson Building at 411 W. 7th St. #100, in the former Planet Sub shop at the corner of 7th and Lamar
- Frisco, at 5001 Panther Creek Pkwy #400, a new build in the tippy-tippy north part of town, right off the Tollway
Jon Smith Subs was founded in 1988 by the eponymous Jon Smith, a colorful entrepreneur who took over two failing sub shops in Palm Beach County, Florida, and transformed them into successes.
The company became part of United Franchise Group in 2016, and now there are two dozen locations across the Southeast and the Midwest, including Michigan and Ohio.
This isn't Jon Smith Subs' first foray into Fort Worth: They had a location at 2812 Horne St., off Camp Bowie Boulevard, which opened in 2018, but closed a year later. (The space is now home to Helen's Hot Chicken, a Nashville hot chicken place.)
The chain is about overstuffed sandwiches and preparing its food onsite. A spokesperson says that 80 percent of what they serve comes off the grill.
That includes both hot subs and cold subs, on a 6-inch or 12-inch bun, just like Subway, in varieties such as:
- Grilled steak or grilled chicken with "the Bomb" treatment: grilled onion, pepper, mushroom, bacon, tomato, provolone, & mayo
- Grilled veggie, with onion, pepper, mushroom, tomato, & provolone, with oil & vinegar
- Grilled Italian, with onion & pepper in marinara sauce & provolone
- Grilled kielbasa, with onions, provolone, & mustard
Plus basics like meatball, hot pastrami, and a cheeseburger sub.
- The Italian with salami, ham, pepperoni, capicola
- Triple Deli with turkey, ham, & roast beef
- Tuna with lettuce, tomato, white onion, & pickles
Plus basics like ham & cheese, turkey, and a shameful Garden veggie consisting of lettuce, tomato, onion, & pickle. What an embarrassment, come on, Jon Smith, make an effort. Marinate some tofu. Grill some eggplant and bell pepper. Or just call Mrs. Goldfarb and get her Unreal Deli corned beef.
An add-on flexible portion of the menu consists of regional favorites like the Cuban, the Reuben, and Cajun chicken.
Their fries are thin and crisp, and they say that having them differentiates them from sub chains who only serve potato chips. Subway cough cough.