Penn Station East Coast Subs is opening in Cape Girardeau today at 127 Siemers Drive, in Lambert Plaza.
This will be the first Penn Station restaurant in Cape Girardeau and the 20th location in Missouri.
Penn Station East Coast Subs is known for its Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sub sandwich. The restaurant features an upscale, fast-casual atmosphere, serving a variety of hot and cold subs, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order French fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made several times daily and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant.
Penn Station has almost 220 restaurants in 12 states including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. All but two locations are franchised.
Some interesting sandwich facts: According to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, 81 percent of consumers purchased a sandwich away from home at least once in the past 60 days. Of those consumers, 93 percent say they ate one sandwich a week and 59 percent ate at least three sandwiches a week. The sandwich category also weathered the recession well, with about 12 billion sandwiches served in 2009, up 1 billion from 2005, according to the report.