Today, April 4th, marks Blimpie’s 50th Anniversary, and to celebrate the chain is selling their “Blimpie Best” sub for 50 cents to the first 200 customers. However if you miss the lunch rush, from May 5th until June 29th customers can try their luck to win a cruise to the 50th state- Hawaii.
Blimpie was founded by three high school friends in Hoboken, New Jersey, who aimed to create “the best sub on the planet.” The best selling “Blimpie Best” is made of slow-cured ham, prosciuttini, cappacola, salami and provolone and dressed The Blimpie Way with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, oil, vinegar and oregano all on a sub roll. However since Blimpie, there have been quite a few other chains vying for the title.
Hot on its heels, Subway will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015. Will Jared make a return? The chain started with a $1,000 loan to a 17 year-old aspiring doctor. 37,000 chains later, it just proves that young bucks are common in the sub industry.
Take Jimmy John’s, founded by a 19 year-old with “two first names.” Their marketing pitch: “It’s damn good, it’s damn fast, at a decent price.” The only fear we have is exactly how fast over the speed limit the delivery drivers go to meet their timeline?
Then there was Quizno’s, which just went bankrupt after more than 30 years. (Don’t worry, there are still chains operating.) They brought the heat, literally, by toasting subs. Remember these cute creatures? That seems to be the last good buzz we’d heard from these guys.
But let’s not forget the oldest- Jersey Mike’s Subs. Well, technically it was “Mike’s Subs” in 1956 and wasn’t bought out, franchised or renamed Jersey Mike’s Subs until 1972. And guess the main similarity between this and the other sub chains? The sole proprietor was 17 years old when he bought the business with a loan.
Does anyone else find it interesting that most of these sub chains were started by teenagers who needed loans?
-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog