Jersey Mike’s Subs will officially open its doors in Palmdale next week. Jersey Mike’s owners and brothers Bill and Jack Violante know the importance of community relations and will celebrate their new ties with Palmdale as part of their grand opening on Wed., Jan. 21.
To commemorate the grand opening, the new restaurant, located at 39604 10th St. W. (across from the Antelope Valley Mall), is hosting a 5-day fundraiser from Jan. 21 through Jan. 25, with proceeds to Highland and Paraclete High Schools. Anyone who has a fundraising coupon can get a free regular sub for a $1 donation. Coupons are being distributed throughout the community and in local newspapers. For some friendly competition, Jersey Mike’s will also donate an extra $500 to the school that raises the most during the fundraiser.
“The more a community gets involved in the interests of its children, the better off those kids are going to be in the long run. That’s why we decided to support these local high schools as we introduce ourselves to the neighborhood,” said Bill Violante. The retired LAPD police officer was very active in the junior police officer program and public speaking at local schools.
Reaching out to the community is a key component of Jersey Mike’s mission. All franchise owners find ways to support their neighbors and employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents as well.
“We are so pleased that Bill and Jack Violante have brought a taste of our Northeast-style subs from the New Jersey shore to the California desert,” said Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems. “This is truly a family-run business that cares about its impact on the community. We congratulate them on the new store.”
Four generations of the Violante family are involved in the business started by Bill and Jack, who are 14 years apart in age. Their father, Vito (88), contributed the first two $5 bills to the business and they will be prominently displayed in the first store. Jack’s daughter, Megan (19), has completed the Jersey Mike’s training program and will be a store manager. Even Bill’s granddaughter, Alexa (9), has become an expert at ordering the #7 Mike’s Way, “take away the onions and add pickles,” when Bill takes her there after coaching her AYSO soccer team. Bill has four children, five grandchildren and even a great-grandchild (Aiden, 1?). In addition to their daughter, Megan, Jack and his wife, Aggie, have a son, Jeremy (12).
“Ever since our grandfather took Bill to his local deli in Brooklyn, N.Y., it has been Bill’s dream to run one,” said Jack Violante. “For many years now, Bill and I have been looking for an opportunity to work together and then I discovered Jersey Mike’s in Valencia. We both tried the subs and we were converts for life. So our dream has come full circle and now there are four generations of Violantes along for the ride.” The brothers have plans to open additional Jersey Mike’s stores in Palmdale and the surrounding area.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at (661) 267-1515.
Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 400 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 Northeast 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 www.jerseymikes.com.