The drama that is the Subway on the square has finally come to an end. After just a few short years of being the infamous sub shop on the corner of Oak and Locust, Subway will cease operations on the Denton square today, Friday, January 30th, 2015.
Sparky Pearson of LSA and the forthcoming Barley and Board and Greg Johnson from Verus Real Estate have been in negotiations with Subway to buy them out so that Barley and board could expand into that space on the ground floor of the Texas Building. The blueprints for Barley and Board that we saw at their preview in December, showed the space currently occupied by Subway as a room that would hold brewing tanks for their in-house brewed beers. At the time, however, no mention was made of Subway's potentially leaving the space. Today, though, we confirmed with Johnson of Verus that Subway is on the way out.
We first reported that Subway would be moving to the Denton square in February of 2013. After an initial onslaught of complaints that a large corporation was going to occupy a prime location of the square and utilize their signage that many felt was an eyesore. They eventually adjusted their signage to something that they thought would be a better fit on the square, but many were still upset just by Subway's presence on the square. Those folks can now rest easy now that Subway is on their way out.
We never actually ever stepped foot inside Subway's square location (seriously, who did?), but we definitely know that the sandwich game on the Denton square is now drastically different. A few months ago, Smiling Moose closed their doors, Subway will be gone today, and there's always the impending loss of Banter in a few months. Thankfully, Weinberger's is still down on Hickory slinging deli meats like nobody's business. Go celebrate or mourn the loss of Subway by doing whatever you think is appropriate. We'll probably go hit up Viet Bites for some banh mi and shrimp chips.