Chicagos original submarine sandwich franchise, Mr. Submarine, was introduced to Chicagoans in 1975 but long before there were subs, there was a dream. Our story began across the ocean in the bustling Mediterranean port city of Patras, Greece. A young entrepreneur by the name of Nick with a knack for hospitality and a passion for food opened a tiny restaurant caf to support his wife Demetra and their growing family. Mr. Submarine became a reality at Old Chicago in July of 1975 and the tiny sub shop performed well. The mall would eventually fail after only five years but Mr. Submarine never looked back, soon after opening three locations, becoming the first submarine chain in Chicago. Faced with a growing demand for Mr. Submarine sandwiches, it became clear that the best way to allow the business to grow was to transform the family business in to a family operated franchise. Today the Mr. Submarine franchise is still operated by the founders and their family members.