Firehouse Subs to expand to Brookings


Mara Wheaton, Assistant News Editor

Opening Wednesday, Firehouse Subs will be the newest addition to food options Brookings has to offer. Located on 6th street, Firehouse Subs is sure to be an easy and quick way to grab a meal.

Stefanie Engebretson, district leader for Firehouse Subs and South Dakota State University alum, said that she is excited to be expanding to Brookings because it is like coming back home for her.

The expansion to Brookings was approved partially based on the size of the population, said Engebretson, and SDSU had a huge effect on that outcome.

So, what exactly separates Firehouse Subs from other Sub shops in town?

First and foremost, “[Firehouse] Subs are made different than the other sub shops. We toast our bread, but we steam our meat and cheese separately, so that really brings out the flavor. The flavor combinations that we’ve used, especially in some of our sandwiches, are really enhanced by the steaming process and so it’s a warm hearty meal,” Engebretson said.

It’s not only their process of creating their subs that make them stand out, but also their involvement in their communities.

Firehouse Subs involve themselves in their communities by supporting local first responders, said Engebretson. They also have donated over 1,000 meals to different hospital systems.

In reference to why SDSU students should be excited about this location opening up, Engebretson said that Firehouse Subs isn’t fast food, but it is a quick way to get a meal. There are multiple different ordering options, like their online rapid rescue to go. She also said that they will eventually have a third-party delivery service available, for an even more convenient option.

Kensey Butje, a sophomore Psychology major said that she’s had Firehouse Subs with her sister before and really enjoyed her experience and the food.

“I like that they have a variety of subs,” said senior nursing major, Sarah Auen.

“It’s really a great value for your money… and we are excited to give back to this community,” Engebretson said.