Penn Station to open on West Market

Penn Station East Coast Subs has announced its plans to open a franchise of the national sandwich chain in Tiffin. The new restaurant is to be at 596 W. Market St., near Chipotle, with an opening goal of November.

Inspired by Philadelphia cheesesteak on a visit to Philadelphia, Jeff Osterfeld opened the first Penn Station in Cincinnati in 1985, according to a news release from Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.

In 1988, Osterfield’s vision for an upscale, fast casual dining experience revolving around “fresh ingredients and display cooking” was formulated into a franchising concept, the release said. The company has grown to over 350 restaurants in 15 states.

The release said Penn Station was named the best sandwich chain in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2015 Consumer Picks survey.

Franchise owners Steve Pryor, Hank Barnard and Brian Bullerman are excited to be opening a location in Tiffin, the release said.

“We are looking forward coming to the Tiffin area market and providing a new quality dining option for the community,” Barnard said. “The intent is to hire approximately 30 full- and part-time high-character employees, with future growth potential within the company.”

“We’re excited to see this space filled and to have yet another food choice for citizens in Tiffin. I am pleased to welcome Penn Station to Tiffin and look forward to their opening.” said Mayor Aaron Montz.

Penn Station offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, fresh cut fries and other items prepared in front of customers.