Local beer guru Mike Schwartz has been incredibly successful as the operator of Belmont Party Supply on Smithville. His love of beer, homebrewing and sharing his knowledge with others turned into a second business next door, BrewTensils. When Grandma Virgis Pie Shop moved out of her space at the end of the strip mall, Mike started storing his wine making supplies into that spot. After about a year and a half, Mike’s wife Donna put her foot down and said that he needed to start paying rent or find a tenant that would. Which lead to the idea for a sub shop.
Partnering with Mike’s cousin Doug Magoch, a 25 year veteran of the restaurant business from
Bob Evans and New Carlisle’s Studebaker’s Country Restaurant, the plans began this past winter. A concept that would include Mike’s homemade marinara, freshly made sausage, options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free customers and a deep commitment to the community, and hence Stackers Subs & Grub is now open.
As I attended the sneak peek event this past Saturday, Doug was busy on the grill, training his new staff of 8 and Mike shared with me that the shop was decorated in blue and red, the colors of the local high schools. He went on to share his excitement about plans to start a high school student of the month program that would feature local youth who excelled in academics and community service.
The first sandwich served up off the grill at Stackers was the Rockin’ Reuben– Corn beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing & Swiss cheese on marble rye. It was served up to Mike’s mom, who couldn’t have beamed any more as she wished her son good luck on the new venture, while sporting a t-shirt promoting Mike’s beer business.
The menu features over 20 choices of subs, wrap’s and paninis, with the option for all to be served up as a salad for the same price, which ranges from about $6 to $9 dollars. An array of appetizers including cheese sticks, pretzels, fried pickle chips and veggies are also on the menu. Kid’s can order up The Mini, served on a slider roll with their choice of ham, roast beef or turkey, chips and a soda for $4.99. I sampled The Byron Bomb– a grilled chicken breast with a honey chipotle sauce with grilled onions & habanero jack cheese on an Italian roll and it had a great tangy flavor and was served up with housemade chips that could easily become addictive. Adding a sweet treat to the menu- Deep Fried Oreo’s- dipped in a sweet batter, fried and then sprinkled with powdered sugar!
As a grand opening special this week, all soda’s (Pepsi products) will be just $1. The shop is carryout and you can phone ahead to place your order, and the register system will que it up in the kitchen based on your desired pick up time. Schwartz shared that a mobile app for ordering is in the works. Stackers Subs & Grub is open daily at 2615 Smithville Road at 11am and will close at 10pm Sun- Thurs and at midnight Fri & Sat.