In 1988, Dave LaCoursiere found a Subway coupon in his glove box and decided to go there for lunch. He liked the sandwich he got, so he kept going back.
In fact, he liked the sandwich so much he bought a Subway store.
More than 20 years later, he has just opened his fifth Subway restaurant, this one on North Kelsey Street.
Dave had been in the food service industry for more than 20 years when he bought his first restaurant. He wanted a Subway because he felt good about selling the healthy, quality food there.
“I said, ‘Subway has a good product,’” he said. “I would feel good selling that.”
He opened his first Subway in Monroe in 1990, and it is still open today on U.S. 2. His second Subway is in the Lake Tye Building on Fryelands Boulevard.
The new Subway is on North Kelsey Street, and it features all the latest and best options the restaurant chain has to offer.
The interior is done in bright, warm colors, for a lighter and more open feel, an upgrade from previous restaurants.
It features a full breakfast menu until 11 a.m. every day, and includes some specialty items not found on every Subway menu, including pastrami as a sandwich option, and the Veggie Max veggie patty for a meatless option.
The lunch menu is available during all store hours.
There are always specials, and through November, the $5 sandwich of the month is Spicy Italian.
There’s always something new on the menu, too, and this month Subway is featuring steak melt sandwiches including Steak and Bacon and Chipotle.
Next month is Customer Appreciation Month. Look for six-inch Cold Cut Trio and Meatball Trio subs to be on sale for just $2 through December.
Keep in mind as you plan holiday parties that Subway caters. Provide your guests with healthy and delicious sub sandwich platters, or order a giant, fun party sub.
As always, Subway is a very healthy place to eat. Load up on all the veggies you want on your sandwich, and ask for light mayonnaise. All sandwiches are made on freshly-baked bread, and can be customized just the way you want them with your choice of cheeses, vegetables and condiments to make it just right for you.
Soon, look for a Grand Opening at the new North Kelsey location. Dave plans to hold an event within the next month in which sandwiches will be on sale for two for the price of one, with no coupon required. Watch the Monitor for details.
Dave is proud of the fact that his is a family operation. His wife manages their Subway restaurant in Lake Stevens, and his daughter manages the one in Everett, with another daughter doing the bookkeeping.
“Two of my grandsons worked in two of my stores last year and next summer, a third grandson will work in one for the summer,” said the Marysville native. He has nine grandchildren, and he hopes that among them will be some to carry on the family business well into the future.
In the years since he opened his first Monroe restaurant in 1990, he has seen a lot of things change, he said.
But one thing he says will never change. He loves owning Subway restaurants, and loves working with his family.
“I stand behind the product,” he said. “That’s why I stay with Subway.”