A mural of the yellow Bardmoor Medical Arts Building across the street greets customers as they walk into the new Firehouse Subs in Largo's Bardmoor Promenade Shopping Center, which opened Nov. 7.
Each of the 556 Firehouse Subs has a giant mural reflecting its location. Each mural shows a fire engine from the closest firehouse, which is Engine 30 in Semnole, said Sarju Patel, who co-owns the new franchise restaurant with Nash Kanji.
The names on the backs of the uniforms, Harrison, Malone and Skote, are not Seminole firefighters but longtime local Firehouse Subs employees, Patel said.
Each detail represents an image from the Largo area. The man on the stretcher came from the statue of the man holding tires on a Starkey Road building. The military personnel carrying the stretcher represents Largo's Armed Forces History Museum. Plus, a placard tells visitors about the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Patel said.
The Bardmoor Firehouse Subs is unique because it has a catering area and a conference luncheon area. So people from nearby corporate offices can come for luncheons. Plus the conference area doubles as a training area. The Bardmoor location is 2,500 square feet compared to the Largo Mall location, which is 1,700 square feet, Patel said.
Patel and Kanji also own the Largo Mall location, which held its grand opening in October.
Known for its steamed subs, the new Bardmoor Promenade store has the popular selection of firehouse-themed sandwiches like the Hook & Ladder, which has smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, and melted Monterey Jack. Plus, the chain's full range of subs, salads, chili and more are available.
Each store gives back to the community. Firehouse Subs has its own Public Safety Foundation, which started as a result of Hurricane Katrina when the brothers went to deliver food to Jacksonville firefighters and ended up feeding hurricane survivors. Most of the monies are used to purchase lifesaving equipment in local communities.
If you go:
- Address: 10801 Starkey Rd., Largo, FL 33777
- Phone: 727-827-2845
- Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.