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Eating Fresh

By France Griggs Sloat

Xavier students waited nearly four years to eat fresh. When they finally got their chance with the opening of a Subway restaurant in the Gallagher Student Center on Nov. 28, they ate their way to a sales record, and it was a whopper—$21,000 in one week. Patrons piled on the turkey and cheese, lettuce and tomato, meatballs and sauce faster than any of the other 119 Subway restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, says Ron Bistany, who owns 18 of the restaurant’s franchises, including the one now at Xavier.

“I thought at Xavier, with 3,000 students, I might do $3,000 to $4,000 the first week,” Bistany says. “But this was a record for a university.” The secret? “I’m not sure,” he says. “But the students wanted something new and fresh.”

Subway delivers with breakfast until 10:00 a.m., soup, subs and salads all day, and late-night service until 2:00 a.m. Bistany says there are often several people in line after midnight. The only downside is that hungry students and staff can expect a wait of several minutes during the lunch hour rush while patrons select the ingredients for their favorite sandwiches.

But hey, what’s five minutes when you’ve waited years for a Dagwood piled high?

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