Alaska’s newest chain restaurant is now open, offering Fairbanks residents a selection of firefighter-themed subs.

The Firehouse Subs location at 950 Old Steese Hwy. opened Wednesday, according to a statement from the company as it enters its 45th state. Franchisees Greg and Catharine Persinger decided to open the restaurant, which serves a variety of subs with variable toppings or “fully involved” with mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato and onion, after Greg ate at one as a member of Team USA at the 2018 World Men’s Curling Championship.

“Early in the tournament, Greg took the team to eat at Firehouse Subs and they started winning,” Catharine Persinger said. “They continued eating at Firehouse Subs and it became their lucky charm – as the team ultimately went on to win the national title.”

A team of mural artists based at Firehouse’s Florida headquarters who have helped decorate each of the chain’s more than 1,140 locations painted one for Fairbanks. According to the company, it depicts “the rich history of the city, featuring the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ mascot, the 'nanook’ fishing, water rafting and participating in various activities along the Chena River.”

A mural at the Fairbanks location of Firehouse Subs, which opened on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Credit: Courtesy Firehouse Subs)

The Fairbanks restaurant’s hours are initially set at 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Although Firehouse also hopes to expand into Anchorage, as it announced in June, spokeswoman Greer Hackett said she wasn’t aware of progress in those plans.

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