Uncle and nephew business partners Larry and Jody Chandler have opened their 15th restaurant together -- a modern, Gamecock-themed Firehouse Subs which opened today off Killian Road near the Kroger Marketplace-anchored Killian Crossing shopping center.
And there are more Midlands locations on the way as the pair recently signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to develop four additional restaurants in the Columbia area.
“We chose to join the Firehouse Subs family because we realized how truly unique their restaurants are,” Larry said. “With over 30 years in the restaurant industry, I connected immediately to the entire experience -- from the friendly atmosphere and quality product, to the brand’s outstanding commitment to serving the local community. We couldn’t ask for a better place to open than Columbia, or a more perfect brand to invest with and grow.”
Founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by former firefighting brothers, the new Columbia Firehouse décor reflects the founding family’s decades of fire and police service. It boasts a custom, hand-painted mural by Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas depicting a South Carolina Highway Patrol car across from the Columbia Fire Department fire engine, alongside a firefighter and three children playing with Cocky, the costumed mascot of the University of South Carolina, all in front of a picturesque Columbia cityscape.
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Located at 1516 Ellie Dr., this location will offer third-party delivery services and has some of the latest restaurant enhancements including new bagasse takeout packaging and a separate to-go station. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.