By Bruce Karnick
Sandwich lovers and local business supporters flocked to the new Jersey Mikes located at 1217 Vermillion St. in Hastings for their first week being open to the public. They were quickly lined out the door and into the driveway on the first day of being open. That continued through the week, a great sign to see for the success of local businesses.
“We've been working on this deal for over a year, so, we are beyond excited. We are looking forward to hosting the people of Hastings in the first Jersey Mike's drive thru in Minnesota,” explained owner Mike McGuire. “I think at the end of the day, when you look at the traffic count and the local businesses that we surround, I think we're going to be a good addition and we are looking forward to making Jersey Mike’s the number one sub chain in Hastings.”
The community has certainly responded. Just the announcement of Jersey Mike’s opening created a buzz on social media.
“It had been mindblowing, just overall comments and the amount of likes and shares that we've been experiencing from people, for weeks just come in saying, ‘Hey, when are you opening’ or pulling on the door trying to get in here. It's been pretty amazing. We're looking forward to it,” added McGuire.
For customers new to Jersey Mike’s, when you get there, they will ask you if you want it ‘Mike’s Way’. According to their website, Mike’s Way is: “The authentic sub sandwich, served Mike's Way with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, olive oil blend, red wine vinegar and spices, is what differentiates Jersey Mike's from the others. Authentic means fresh sliced, premium quality meat and cheese.”
Jersey Mike’s bakes their bread each day fresh and they slice the meat for your sandwich right in front of you. They have a hot and cold line for all the different kinds of sandwiches they serve. It is a very large menu packed in a small space, made quickly and fresh right there for you to see.
The restaurant currently employs 25 people and at the time of the story, they were hoping to add another 35 more people. The staff they currently have was amazing to watch. Their efficiency, attention to detail and the interactions with the customers as they walked through the door was spot on. Reports on social media from customers were giving them rave reviews for the great customer service and handling the stresses of an overly busy restaurant with ease. Many people were shocked at how fast they were able to get their food, given the quantity of customers there during peak hours.
Jersey Mike’s of Hastings is open seven days a week 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and they offer dine in, carryout, drive thru and online ordering. Learn more about their store and order at www.jerseymikes.com