Each year, autumn brings the start of a new school session and cooler weather. This year the change of season also will bring with it a new temptation for the tastebuds of Apple Valley and Rosemount residents.
A Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs restaurant is slated to open in the Cobblestone Lake shopping district of Apple Valley by the third week of September, according to franchisee and Hastings resident John O'Tool.
It will go into the the shopping center that holds , right next door.
The restaurant chain has one other Minnesota location, in Mankato; it serves cold and hot sandwiches, pastas, soups, sides and desserts. O'Tool, who was looking for a franchise opportunity, said he used to live in the Kansas City area and was turned on to the restaurant there.
"I always just came back to that one," he said. "I think by far the quality is the best. You just can’t beat it."
The biggest difference from other sandwich shops is that at Goodcents, meat is sliced for the customers after they order their sandwiches; bread is baked at least twice a day on site, he said.
He said there also could be some seasonal menu items.
O'Tool said he'll hire about 25 people. In addition to providing a fresh, quality product, O'Tool said he'll focus on customer service, looking not necessarily to hire people with food service experience, but people who are service-oriented.
"I think once people taste it ... they’ll come back,” he said.