Sandwich shop aims to bring new taste to town
East Coast Subs to open on July 9 on Spruce Street.
BY DEREK THOMPSON
Kim Weaver wants to bring a new flavor to Garden City.
Weaver, and her husband, Bill, are opening a new sandwich shop to give southwest Kansans a taste of the East Coast, in the form of East Coast Subs and More, 210 E. Spruce St.
"Our hoagies were always made in a pizza oven, instead of in a rotisserie oven, or you know, like Subway cold," Kim Weaver said, describing her East Coast cuisine. "So we bake ours in the oven on Italian bread. It's all top of the line meats, all fresh salads, homemade soup."
Kim Weaver originally is from Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to southwest Kansas from Arizona when her husband, a Harrisburg, Pa., native, got a job in the area.
"We're from the East Coast, so that's pretty much where East Coast Subs came from," Kim Weaver said.
The couple has been looking to open a restaurant in the area for about the last six months, when they found the vacant Spruce Street location that previously housed Kadee's Coffee Break and Brew Bakers.
"We just happened to stumble by this one," Kim Weaver said.
East Coast Subs will offer a specialty dish called pierogi, a pasta similar to ravioli¬ that is stuffed with mashed potatoes, cheese and onion powder.
So why did the couple decide to open up a sandwich shop here?
"You can't find a good hoagie. I'm sorry. They closed down Quiznos, and to me, Quiznos was probably the closest you could come to an East Coast (sandwich). But it still wasn't the same," she said.
The Weavers initially planned to just call the restaurant East Coast Subs, but decided to add "and More" to the name to accommodate menu additions, including breakfast, desserts and more.
"It'll be a small breakfast, but still breakfast," Kim Weaver said.
Set to open on July 9, the restaurant will offer toasted sandwiches, but it's more than that, she said.
"We're hoping that this is something different for the people. It's sandwiches, but we'll still have hot sandwiches at night or dinner specials and lunch specials. ... We're just working into it. It probably should've been called Kim's Cafe," she said, laughing.
This is the first startup restaurant for the Weavers, but it's not their first foray into restaurant management.
"I've been in the restaurant business for about 30 some years. I started out as a teenager in a five-and-dime in downtown Pittsburgh," Kim Weaver said. "And then I progressed — a waitress and this and that — I was a manger for a high volume Denny's up in Pennsylvania for five years, and I've managed other restaurants."
The Weavers have been working on getting the inside of the location ready for the grand opening since mid-May, and have purchased booths for the inside, with planned outside seating in the works. Meals will be available for dine-in, carryout and delivery.
With a little more than a week away from the grand opening, things are coming into focus for Kim Weaver and her employees.
"From what I hear, the buzz around the city is really heavy, so I'm a little nervous," she said.