New Traverse City eateries ‘get fresh’

TRAVERSE CITY – Fresh, fast food. That’s what Terry Jones, owner of The Sandwich Shoppe, would like patrons to remember. Having worked 10 years for a corporate restaurant, Jones always wanted to open a shop all his own. His goal is to offer “quick, quality food made the healthy way.”

Using quality meat, quality toppings and fresh-baked Kaiser rolls, The Sandwich Shoppe utilizes a “made-to-order concept.” For $4.95, customers choose everything that goes on their sandwich, from the meat (up to two different kinds) and toppings, to the type of Kaiser it’s on.

“People are involved in the creation of their sandwich.” Jones said. “It’s made their way.”

Everything on the menu is under $5. For those in a hurry, Jones also offers pre-made meat and cheese subs, soups, salads and fresh fruit and veggie cups. Cheesecake and cookies round out desserts.

In his first month of business, he says, “the response has been wonderful.” Adding, “The kids get involved, too. They get to fill out their own ticket and put their name on it.”

Located on the corner of Cass and Front, where Cathie’s Tote & Dine used to be, The Sandwich Shoppe has limited seating inside but can seat up to 80 outside.

“We even play music outside,” Jones said. Spring hours are 11-5 Monday through Saturday, with later hours in the summer.

Topping it off

Bringing a fresh outlook to Traverse City pizza is the new Papa John’s on South Airport Road. Owned by Ron and Jeanie Rebstock, the franchise focuses on only the highest quality ingredients.

“Better ingredients, better pizza,” explains Ron Rebstock.

Having supervised a fast food business for 18 years, the Rebstocks decided to open th