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Northeast Ohio-Based Dave’s Cosmic Subs Opening First Columbus Location

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Northeast Ohio-Based Dave’s Cosmic Subs Opening First Columbus Location
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Northeast Ohio-based sub shop Dave’s Cosmic Subs is breaking into the central Ohio market. Local entrepreneur Chris May and his family will open the first Columbus location on the OSU campus this May.

Located near Bullwinkles, at 1764 N. High St., Dave’s will take over half of the ground floor of a former office building. At 1,100 square feet, the shop will offer about 10 seats for dine-in customers, but May says he’s expecting many more carryout orders. 

Dave’s Cosmic Subs has an extensive menu of signature, or “cosmic,” subs, including The Original Dave’s Cosmic Sub, similar to an Italian sub; the Sloppy Dave’s; the Crazy Dave; the Dave’s Best Meatball Ever; and a couple dozen more. Catering to the health-conscious crowd, they also offer veggie subs and salads. Actual catering is available as well.

Interior of a Dave’s Cosmic Subs in Macedonia, Ohio.

The restaurant’s aesthetic pulls from the pop culture of the 60s and 70s, something that May expects will attract students as well as those who lived through that time. The franchise also has over 20 locations, most of them all over northeast Ohio, where many Columbusites are from originally.

“The 60s and 70s music and culture, it’s one of the most important eras, and that still resonates today,” says May. “Columbus is a good fit for the laid back vibe. I think it appeals to a pretty wide audience.”

This franchise is May’s first dive into the restaurant business, though he was a brewer at North High Brewing Co. for a few years. Joining him in this venture are his family members, including his wife Erica, his sister Samantha and her fiancé Derek Meduri, and his parents Michael and Judy May. 

“My parents are from Youngstown, and a shop opened up near them,” says May. “I’d been to a few, and when that one opened up by my parents house, we wondered why there wasn’t one in Columbus already.”

The team is aiming for a grand opening in May. Once open, they’ll operate daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to start, before extending their hours to serve late night customers. They’ll also offer delivery, either with their own drivers or using a delivery service like UberEats or Grubhub.

For more information, visit davescosmicsubs.com.

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