By Natalie Covher
The new Subway near the Interstate is catching the attention of more than just locals. When Tarak Patel decided he wanted to build a Subway, he choose to make it unique. The design may become the prototype for Subway restaurants all around the world.
“When exploring options for a restaurant I knew I wanted to put in something healthy for the community,” said Patel. “It can be really hard to grab a healthy lunch and get back to work on time. Until now you had to go into town and cross the river. Everyone knows how hard that can be.”
The Patels have been a part of the Natchitoches community since 1994. When looking for an architect, Patel reunited with an old friend, George Minturn. They formulated many ideas, reviewed 3D renderings of options and in the end felt confident that the final design had the presence Patel was looking for.
The restaurant will be the first in the area to premiere the chain’s latest upscale metro décor. Guests will have the option to dine in the open air with the addition of covered outdoor seating.
Being close to the Interstate, Patel thought of guests on the go by planning to incorporate a tesla charge station and outdoor pet area. The building was made to be energy efficient utilizing LED lights, low flow water faucets and foam insulated walls and roof.
“Only the best for Natchitoches,” said Patel.
Patel stayed at the Subway Franchise Headquarters for two weeks to learn about the company’s commitment to providing great tasting healthy food choices while reducing their environmental footprint and positively influencing the community. While there he met people from all over the world.
“We have a great team put together,” said Patel. “My General Manager Maddie Shaw has done a great job of getting all of the employees ready for our big opening. We are happy to provide jobs to the area and help our team members gain experience. We look forward to working together to serve the community some delicious sandwiches.”
Everyone is invited to the Subway Restaurant at 5370 University Parkway for their Grand Opening July 6 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. featuring a buy one 6-inch sub get one free offer. No coupons are needed to buy any 6-inch sub and get another 6-inch sub of equal or lesser price for free.