East Coast Sub Sensation Opens Twenty Eighth Location In Illinois

Owners Celebrate Grand Opening with Free Subs

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled East Coast-style subs,  officially opened its doors in Niles on Jan. 18.  Franchise owners John Griparis and Jeff Berns held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser for customers with a valid coupon from Wed., Jan. 18 to Sun., Jan. 22 to support Lincolnwood PTA and the YMCA. 

The new restaurant, located at 5691 W. Touhy Ave., circulated coupons throughout the community and in local newspapers, offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Lincolnwood PTA and YMCA. 

Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s continued its steady growth in 2011 opening 69 new restaurants throughout the country, a 15 percent increase overall.  The popular sub shop wins best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.

Jeff Berns and John Griparis exemplify Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence as it selects franchise owners who share the company's commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community.  In 2011, locations throughout the country raised more than $2 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 100,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

“We hope to connect with the community of Niles by supporting the children of the area,” said Griparis. “John and I felt the YMCA and the PTA would be two integral organizations to give directly back to the kids in the community,” added Berns. 

Passionate Jersey Mike's fans crave their subs made Mike's Way™ with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a signature blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices.  Unlike its pre-sliced competition, the company uses only private labeled meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh for each sub sandwich and piled high on in-store baked bread.  Everything is quickly made to order for each customer, just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike's more than fifty years ago.  The Jersey Mike’s experience always includes its trademark neighborly banter served up by a high-energy Jersey Mike’s team. 

This is the 10th Jersey Mike’s location for Griparis and Berns.  In April 2009 they opened their first Jersey Mike’s location in Vernon Hills.  As the successful partners expand further into eastern Illinois, they are proud to represent a brand founded on quality, service and community.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., days of week. You can contact this store directly at (847) 588-2828.

Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 600 stores open and under development nationwide, has a long history of community involvement and support.  Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s serves authentic East Coast-style subs on fresh baked bread – the same recipe it started with over 50 years ago.  The company’s mission is to bring its customers the highest quality, freshest made sub in the industry and give back to the communities in which it operates. A store locator and franchise information for Jersey Mike’s can be found at