MEDINA — The first 50 people in line when the doors open on a new eatery next week will have a chance to win free cheesesteaks for a year.
Original Steaks & Hoagies will celebrate its grand opening at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at 947 N. Court St.
Owner Jeff Wiseman, a 1999 Brunswick High School graduate, said he expects a pretty long line opening day at the restaurant, which has the motto of “From Philly to The Land.”
Wiseman, 38, said when he first tasted a cheesesteak sandwich during a trip to Philadelphia, he immediately thought about owning a restaurant.
“It’s a whole other world than what we get (in Ohio),” he said. “It’s the reason I bought the place. I had never had a real cheesesteak.
“Our cheese is cooked into the steak.”
Wiseman said the authentic, fresh-shaved ribeye steak sandwiches are made with the best quality meat. They sell for $8 and $9, he said.
Bottled and craft beers will also be sold.
Wiseman said the whizzy (tater) tots and chicken tenders are equally worth a drive.
Bringing the Philly favorite to Medina may seem odd to some. Wiseman said he was born and raised in Brunswick although he now lives in Copley with his wife, Halley, and 8-year-old son, Garvin. He co-owns four other restaurants in Northeast Ohio, including locations in Twinsburg, Fairlawn, Canton and Lorain. His co-owner is Josh Bierman.
“This is a dream come true for me,” he said.
He said there’s been an encouragement in Medina.
“People are messaging me, ‘When are you opening in Medina?’” he said. “I’ve never experienced this type of outreach.”
Wiseman said people are going to love the look of the restaurant, which features LED lights, graphics, marble counter tops, a wraparound bar and TV monitors.
“It’s gorgeous,” he said.
He said there will be about 15 people working at the Medina location including general manager Nathan Pomeroy.
“Ninety-nine percent of the staff is Medina residents,” Wiseman said.
He said he’s ready to take on all competitors in the sandwich business.
“Where else can you enjoy fresh, fast food?” he asked.
He said the restaurant will deliver food and also cater.
“That will set us apart,” Wiseman said. “Our competition is going to be minimized.”
He said he could have opened a new restaurant almost anywhere, but he handpicked Medina.
“Medina is going to be biggest market for us,” Wiseman said. “I saw all the growth in Medina.”
The city will have an official
ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restaurant on March 29, he said.
For more information, visit www.steaksandhoagies.com.