Whole Darn Thing to reopen in new building

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An apartment fire in February left the Whole Darn Thing sub shop in ruins, also killing one man and damaging the bar next door. KATRINA TULLOCH/THE CAMPUS.

Legal issues have delayed the Whole Darn Thing Sub Shop from reopening as planned at the end of October.

“I can’t discuss them right now, but I can say that they are one of the reasons why we aren’t already opened up,” said owner Mark Jordan.

The restaurant will likely be open by the first week of November.

“We were trying to be open for the Halloween Parade, but we still have quite a bit of stuff to do,” Jordan said.

The restaurant burned down last February in an apartment fire that also left one man dead.

After months of reconstruction at the same site, the sub shop prepares to reopen for the Meadville Community. CODY MILLER/THE CAMPUS.

The shop has been a lunch and dinner venue in Meadville for decades before the fire. Joanna Wieckowska, ’13, frequented the shop upon her arrival at Allegheny.

“It was always a great place to get a good quality sub for not a very expensive price, but I’m eager to see if they will change up any of the subs or the operation of the shop,” she said.

While the location of the shop is the same, Jordan said there are a few improvements and changes to the goings-on in the store. For example, they plan on eventually introducing a sub called “The Survivor,” which consists of smoked ham, smoked turkey, a few other smoked meats, and bacon.

“We’re hoping for the building, layout, and operation to be similar to how it was before,” Jordan said. “We managed to salvage some of the machines, pictures, and the menu board, so we’re hoping to keep the setup about the same.”

Amanda Edwards, ’11, enjoyed the food offered at the shop, but also liked the history of the establishment.

“They had a great variety of sandwiches at a low cost,” Edwards stated. “I enjoyed the fact I knew I was helping to support a local business that has been around for quite some time.”

Jordan believes that the fire and time will not affect their business, and, on the contrary, it may improve the flow of customers.

“I’m sure we’ll maintain the base we had and bring in new customers,” he said. “The people are really anxious to reopen.”