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Firehouse Subs to open soon
8AGW Firehouse inside pic
Firehouse Subs

Fire up your mouth because Firehouse Subs is coming to town.

A new Firehouse Subs restaurant is projected to openSept. 5in Dawsonville.

The restaurant will be located in a small strip shopping center on Georgia 400, across from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall and between Friends Sports Bar and Grill and Moes Southwest Grill.

It expects to hire 19 - 22 full and part-time employees.

Applications for cashiers, cooks and food preparers are available, and in an outside box located at the restaurant.

The popular, franchised, casual food chain was founded in 1994 by brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen, who served as firefighters. Twenty years later, the brothers have 790 Firehouse Sub restaurants in 41 states and one in Puerto Rico.

The Dawsonville location is a first in the county.

People get really excited about Firehouse Subs, because we have an array of hot sauces, 50 to be exact, at every locations, Public Relations Director Avagay Lindsay said Monday.

And, according to the company website, People come back again and again because, unlike other sub places, we steam our meats and cheeses, releasing a rush of flavors, then stuff a serving thats way over code on one of our toasted private recipe sub rolls.

Apparently, thats not the only thing the brothers do well.

Since 2005, through our public safety foundation, we have given $10.1 million to local first-responders, Lindsay said. The foundation provides lifesaving equipment and education opportunities.

In Georgia, she said, the foundation has given $779,800.

All the local fire department has to do is go online and apply for a grant, and well donate whatever they need, she said. Thats a big deal right now with all the budget cuts.

William Nichols, the local franchise owner, could not be reached for comment by presstime.

The Firehouse Subs foundation raises money by allowing customers to round-up their bill to the nearest dollar.

And, Dawson County Fire Station 2 will be featured in a unique hand-painted mural that will hang at the restaurant, according to Lindsay.

Dawson County EMS Chief Lanier Swafford said hes excited about his team getting recognition.

Fire station number 2 was chosen because the restaurant is in their district, EMS Chief Lanier Swafford said. Were excited about that. Firehouse Subs was founded by firemen, but theyre much more than that. They recognize the efforts of the local community and give back to it.

Swafford said he has applied for grants from Firehouse Subs in the past without much luck.

But, maybe now with a store in our area, well have a better chance.