Franchise chain restaurant Quiznos closes in Boise, ID

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The Quiznos chain still has a lot of fans because of sub sandwiches like the Turkey Bacon Guacamole: oven-roasted turkey breast, crispy bacon, creamy guacamole, melted provolone, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and onions, with ranch dressing, served grilled .

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The only Idaho location of a chain known for grilled submarine sandwiches is now grilled itself.

Quiznos recently closed at 2250 E. Gowen Road in Boise.

The local Columbia Village franchise restaurant was the latest in a dying brand that was once ubiquitous not just in the Gem State, but across America.

Quiznos sandwiches still have a lot of followers. Whether it’s the Spicy Monterey or the limited-time Old Bay Lobster Club, the menu gets the juices flowing. Even the traditional “has it all,” as Quiznos boasts on its website, “with Black Angus steak, oven-roasted turkey breast, smoked ham, melted cheddar, fresh lettuce and tomatoes with a creamy ranch dressing, served grilled”.

Founded in 1981, Denver-based Quiznos has grown into one of the nation’s biggest sub-slingers at the start of the 21st century. But a host of issues – including fierce competition from Subway to Jimmy John’s – have caused an epic downfall over the past 15 or so years. Trade publication Restaurant Business called it “one of the biggest restaurant chain meltdowns in industry history.”

At its peak in 2006, Quiznos had nearly 5,000 locations, Restaurant Business reported. By May 2021, the publication writes, that number had dropped to 255.

As of 2015, there were four Quiznos franchises in the Boise area. Boiseans may recall a closure that year at 1216 N. Orchard St., leaving two in the city, at 8665 W. Franklin Road and 2250 E. Gowen Road, as well as an Eagle store at 664 S. Rivershore Lane. Before that, there was a Quiznos on Overland Road in Boise, Meridian, even Kuna.

Fat Guys Fresh Deli, a Meridian-based company, plans to take over the former Quiznos space at 2250 E. Gowen Road.

This story was originally published April 22, 2022 11:39 a.m.

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Entertainment writer and opinion columnist Michael Deeds chronicles the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Acts came to fruition at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as sportswriter, editor and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has spanned from writing album reviews for the Washington Post to hyping Boise in that airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds holds a bachelor’s degree in editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska.

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