Penn Station East Coast Subs To Open Unit At 411 Broad St.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Penn Station East Coast Subs will open a new location at 411 Broad St. on Saturday, Sept. 6.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Ryan Lackey, a veteran restaurateur who owns two other Penn Station locations in Hixson and in London, Ky.

“Our restaurants have done really well. I really believe in the concept, and the food is simply fresh and excellent,” Mr. Lackey said. “When we looked to expand on our first restaurant, Chattanooga just made sense. I wanted an area where I could open multiple stores in one market. The Hixson restaurant has been very successful since opening in 2012 and we think the new downtown location will be just as popular.”

Mr. Lackey previously worked for Markey Enterprises, a franchisee of Ponderosa Steakhouse. While working for Markey Enterprises he also opened and operated a Frisch’s Big Boy. his wife, Emily, also helps with the operations of the Penn Station restaurants, but her primary focus will be growing her art business in Chattanooga as a muralist. The couple plans to open at least three more Penn Station restaurants in the Chattanooga area over the next five years.

            Originally founded in Cincinnati in 1985, Penn Station is described as an upscale, fast-casual restaurant renowned for its legendary Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sub sandwich, served hot and made-to-order on freshly baked French bread. Penn Station serves a variety of freshly grilled subs, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order French fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made several times daily and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant.

Penn Station has over 276 restaurants in 13 states including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. All but one location is franchised. Projections call for the opening of 30 restaurants nationwide in 2014. Markets targeted for growth include Kansas City, Richmond, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and North and South Carolina, as well as a number of other existing markets.



Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar To Open In Early April On Gunbarrel Road

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar – the Denver-based brand – broke ground on its first Tennessee location in Chattanooga in anticipation of an early April grand opening.  When the 3,936-square-foot restaurant opens at 1926 Gunbarrel Road, it will be the 28th Bad Daddy’s system-wide, with other locations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia and Colorado.  ... (click for more)

Brainerd Farmers Market To Open April 21

The Brainerd Farmers Market is set to open Saturday, April 21, and be open Saturdays through Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Farmers Market features a healthy variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, locally crafted goods and prepared foods.  The market provides debit, credit, EBT and SNAP services to vendors and patrons throughout the Primary Market ... (click for more)

Report Of Shots Fired At Hamilton Place Mall Sends Crowd Scrambling; No Victims Found

A report of shots fired at Hamilton Place Mall shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday sent customers at the mall racing out in a panic. Police later said no shooting victims had been found. A call to 911 at 6:07 p.m. said there was an "active shooter." There was a call for EMS to the mall, then another call at 6:10 p.m. of an "active shooter." Those in the vicinity of the mall said ... (click for more)

Signal Facing Decisions On Expanding Commercial Area Past Albert Road, Mountain Community Center And Water Service

The design review committee (DRC) of the town of Signal Mountain is in the process of establishing standards for commercial buildings. In the meantime, developer Bob Elliott would like to buy property at the corner of Taft Highway and Albert Road. Albert Road has traditionally been where the commercial property ends. A number of residents in the neighborhood around that area are ... (click for more)

Legislators: Protect Our Students And Teachers

When students step into their classrooms, they are there to learn and prepare for their future. Our teachers serve to advance each student’s education and guide them towards success.  Educators have an additional responsibility: maintaining the trust and respect of their students by conducting themselves professionally and responsibly. The vast majority of our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why CNN Is Gonna Croak

I believe CNN (Cable News Network) has become one of the most disappointing news sources America has ever known in the last five years. The bastions of sound journalism no longer exist as the once-great organization has gone the way of liberal loathing. Its new basis-of-fact cannot be trusted and the overwhelming bias against conservatives in our nation is as morbid as it is frightening. ... (click for more)