Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled East Coast-style subs, opened its first restaurant in the state of Oregon -- its 33rd market -- in Portland on Wednesday, February 6. Franchise owner, Raymund Baluyut, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, February 6 to Sunday, February 10 to support Randall Children’s Hospital. This is the first of five restaurants that Baluyut will open in Portland.
The new restaurant is located at 10123 NE Cascade Parkway, in Cascade Station, one of the premier shopping centers in the state. Baluyut and team circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community, offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Randall Children’s Hospital.
“Randall Children’s Hospital turns no child away,” said Baluyut, a Portland resident and parent of four children. “While we may have differing opinions on the state of healthcare, Randall Children’s Hospital never compromises on providing world class care for all and we hope everyone will come in for a taste of the Jersey Shore and help out a great cause.”
Jersey Mike’s is known for its authentic East Coast-style subs, made Mike’s Way™ with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a signature blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices. The company only uses private labeled meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh for each 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.
“I am thrilled to bring the Jersey Mike’s brand to Portland,” said Baluyut, a restaurant industry veteran who owned 43 Jack in the Box restaurants in Oregon and Washington. “Jersey Mike’s is truly unique because it hasn’t changed since its inception. Sticking to core values and never compromising quality or service makes Jersey Mike’s special.”
Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s wins best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.
The history of the company is one of entrepreneurship and giving back. CEO Peter Cancro started the company at age 17, before he was even legally able to slice a sub. The company remains committed to making a difference in the communities it serves. Since 2010, locations throughout the country have raised more than $5 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 500,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.
The company was named one of the Top 5 Growth Chains in the 2012 Nation’s Restaurant News Second 100 ranking, listed as #1 in growth in U.S. Systemwide Sales (sandwich segment). The expanding sub chain was also named by The Street as one of “5 franchises you want to invest in.” Jersey Mike's continued its steady growth in 2012 opening 92 new restaurants throughout the country, a 33 percent increase in new store growth over 2011.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at (503)-388-3734.