Jersey Mike’s Subs Coming to Woodbury

The new sandwich shop is set to open in April.

Comparing Jersey Mike’s Subs to places like Subway or Jimmy John’s is “like comparing Taco Bell to Chipotle.”

That’s according to Brian Risch, who plans to open a Jersey Mike’s Subs in Woodbury this April.

It will be located between Cold Stone Creamery and Noodles & Company at 7455 Currell Boulevard.

“We’re excited,” said Risch, who lives in Woodbury. “It’s like no other sandwich place.”

The subs, which come in hot or cold varieties at 7 ½ or 15 inches, have a “Jersey flair,” Risch said, and feature a more oil and vinegar flavor than mayonnaise. The meat is cut after the customer orders a sub.

“Everything is as fresh as fresh can be,” he said.

Jersey Mike’s also offers “subs in a tub,” with the ingredients in a salad rather than on bread, Risch said.

The store will seat 32-26 people and seven to 10 employees will be hired. It will also offer catering.

Risch said he started looking into opening a Jersey Mike’s franchise after seeing a note from a friend on Facebook. He spent several months researching the company, talking to other franchisees and, of course, trying out the sandwiches. “And the product sells itself.”

“I just fell in love with it,” Risch said.

He said Jersey Mike’s is dedicated to giving back to the community, and he plans to continue that tradition at the Woodbury location.

What’s his favorite sub?

“The cheese steaks are absolutely wonderful,” Risch said.


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vicky January 10, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Oh yay! Something new! I wonder if they will deliver. Jimmy John's won't deliver to us on Woodlane Drive.
Cory Kingbay January 10, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Sweet, this place is great, I've ate at the one in St. Anthony. Agree, great cheesesteak!
Susan Monty January 10, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Oh goody! Another Sub shop. We have such a shortage of those in Woodbury. How original. Subs in a tub.(We've always been able to get Subway in a bowl). I am really impressed at the new sizes- 7 1/2 inches instead of 6 inches. And 15 instead of 12. More is better, of course. How creative. Jersey flair. You can't get oil and vinegar on subs in other shops in Wooodbury? Maybe I will finally get around to trying some of the other sub shops in town before this new one opens. Sorry, I am underwhelmed.
Kris Janisch January 10, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I'm actually kind of excited for this place, but I do dig Jimmy John's, Divanni's... pretty much sandwiches in general.
Kris Janisch January 10, 2013 at 03:22 PM
And the PB & J at Cups N Scoops isn't bad either.
Theresa Janechek January 10, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I hope they decide to have a booth at the Taste of Woodbury! We have always thought subs would be a good thing to have at the event.
Kris Janisch January 10, 2013 at 03:44 PM
That would be cool Theresa. This weather is reminding me of Woodbury Days too!
Ce January 10, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Seriously Susan? Have you ever had a REAL sub made with fresh sliced meat or a cheesesteak cooked on a flat top (not microwaved like Subway)? East Coast subs are awesome, I find it hard to believe that so many Minnesotans don't know what real food tastes like.
Bob January 10, 2013 at 05:13 PM
they're called Hoagies you idiots....and cheesteaks don't all have onions AND peppers AND mushrooms....its 2 choices WITH or WITHOUT onions...THAT'S IT!!! and of course with or without cheese....and only 3 cheese choices..THREE - American, cheeze wiz or provolone....THAT'S IT!! no swiss and no lettuce or tomatoes..
Kris Janisch January 10, 2013 at 05:14 PM
OK, lay off the name calling Bob. (And I thought I liked sandwiches.)
Kathy January 10, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Congrats, I look forward to trying something new. Happy to see another new business bring jobs and revenue into the community - Bravo!
Susan January 10, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Is Cheeze Wiz really considered a cheese?
jeff kirchoff January 10, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Check the container next time your at the store! Yikes!
Bob January 10, 2013 at 08:00 PM
no it is fake crap...just stick with provolone....
Steve January 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Brian Risch is a stand up guy! Give him your business folks.
Susan Monty January 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Ce, do I detect a bit of Easter snobbishness in your comment? Minnesotans DO recognize real food when they get it. I should clarify- I do not like Subway. The best sandwich I ever had was a muffuletta in New Orleans. If Jersey Mike's has a sandwich like that, I am willing to give it a try. Kris, I will give Jimmy John's and Divanni's a try as well. I guess I need to get out more!
Meredith January 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Psyched beyond belief! Greatest sandwiches I've ever had. Just curious how anyone can have an opinion about something they've never tried?
Dan January 11, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Does anyone remember the old Clark's submarine sandwich shops? They had tasty subs. This place looks like the same type of sandwiches. I will frequent.
Lana Huelsmann January 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Dan, yes I remember Clark's. I was a young kid though but still remember the wonderful smell when my mom would take me there. I think she would take us to the one off Minnehaha..
Kris Janisch January 11, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Get the club at Davanni's, Susan, it's solid.
Kris Janisch January 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Don't remember Clark's, was it just one shop?
Hilary January 13, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Have to agree. Minnesotans generally like bland food, they avoid seafood, and drinks lots of diet coke, house wine and house whiskey. Really, til I moved here I didn't know people drank any rail liquors but we hardly sell calls at the establishment I currently work at in town. There is a big taste difference between a $30 bottle of makers mark and $7 Wakefield family generic whiskey.
Susan January 13, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Avoid seafood? Not the Lutefisk! LOL!
Ronald N Warness January 13, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Someone please open a Lutefisk place. I would offer to teach the correct cooking of it!
deblewis February 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM
I agree that Woodbury has a few to many chain type eating locations! In my opinion this does NOT mean Jersey Mike's shouldn't come to town, it means the others should leave. I hope the subs are as great as they sound...and that they deliver...deliver beyond Woodlane! I'm guessing though with the freshness of their subs, delivery will not be an option????!!!!????
Kris Janisch February 24, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I liked them on Facebook, and the subs do look good. I asked about delivery a bit back, but I think it hadn't been decided.
Tim April 14, 2013 at 04:21 PM
FINALLY!!! A decent sub shop in Woodbury. Now if they get a Port O Sub it will be perfect!!!
Kris Janisch April 14, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Yeah Tim, I'm pumped about this. I talked to the owner recently, and they'll be opening relatively soon. I'll be doing a follow up. Never heard of Port O Sub. What's the scoop with them?
K D April 24, 2013 at 09:59 PM
I ate at Jersey Mike's regularly when I lived in Connecticut. They are terrific! I am glad to see a new business in town, I higly recommend it.. are they open now? Waiting not so patiently.....
Kris Janisch April 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Yeah, KD, they opened today. http://patch.com/A-3HrV


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