Ellsworth Subway undergoes major makeoverThe Subway Restaurant in Ellsworth's west business district underwent an extensive renovation early this month.
The Subway Restaurant in Ellsworth's west business district underwent an extensive renovation early this month.
The restaurant closed Feb. 2-4 while a 12-member work crew remodeled the interior, according to owner Shawn Bertsch. The facelift modernized the premises from floor to ceiling.
"It created a real homey, warm atmosphere," Bertsch said.
Included are new furniture, wallpaper, light fixtures, trim and a special treatment on one wall throughout the dining area plus retiled bathrooms, he said. Wood grain accents, along with orange, brown and red hues, dominate the color scheme. Large graphics of fresh vegetables such as tomatoes are displayed near seating and below the service counter.
Areas that were formerly white now have a brick-like covering, and the trademark subway system map faintly shows on the replacement wallpaper. Tall round tables and bar-stool-type chairs join new booths in the dining area, which seats 46.
This is the second time the store's interior has changed during the 12 years of Bertsch's ownership.
Officials of the Connecticut-based chain require the restaurants to be remodeled every eight years, Bertsch said.
The Ellsworth Subway employs 12 people and manager, in addition to Bertsch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.