Jersey Mike’s subs arrive in Auburn; Blue Jay Coffee to open in Lewiston

Jersey Mike’s Subs opens in August at the Auburn Mall, 600 Center St. Photo submitted

Get ready to ask for it “Mike’s way” at the area’s first Jersey Mike’s Subs, set to open in August in the Auburn Mall at 600 Center St.

Franchise owner Chris Brown said he plans to hire 20 to 25 employees as construction nears completion, which is on track.

Jersey Mike‘s is a fast-casual style restaurant serving fresh baked-in-house rolls, fresh slices, and hot and cold subs made to order. They also have gluten free bread available.

The franchise has more than 2,200 stores in 49 states, and four other Maine locations are already in operation: Bangor, Brunswick, Scarborough and Windham. Stores in Topsham and Westbrook are under construction and stores are planned for Saco and Augusta later this year.

Brown said he chose Auburn because of the area’s growth and noted the impending opening of Target, which is across Center Street from his store.

Brown is no rookie in the under-business, owning 70 Jersey Mike franchises in 10 states. Jersey Mike’s is on a tear, opening 246 locations in 2021 and was named the fastest growing sandwich chain in 2022 Nation’s Top 500 Restaurant News.

BLUE JAY COFFEE OPENS IN LEWISTON

A homemade chai latte with roasted spices, fresh ginger and Assam tea will be offered at the soon-to-open Blue Jay Coffee, 189 Main St., Lewiston. Photo submitted

Owner Jenna Guiggey describes Blue Jay Coffee as a place to come, meet friends, have a coffee or tea and stay awhile. She talks about her new cafe in the works at 189 Main St. in Lewiston. Guiggey trades her job as front desk manager at Brickyard Hollow Brewing Co. in Yarmouth to work on her own.

Renovations at Blue Jay Coffee are nearly complete, Guiggey told The Buzz, and she hopes to open in late July.

Inside, she’ll work hard to create her own signature flavors for coffees and teas, like her chai latte blend, which she makes by simmering toasted spices, ginger and Assam black tea. Maybe a little maple sea salt aroma, or cardamom and rose?

Expect a few different types of drip brews from Coffee by Design in Portland, as well as roast espresso for its new espresso machine. Teas from Tea Maineia in Winterport include Strawberry Kiwi Iced Tea. Guiggey said it will offer locally sourced baked goods, muffins, bagels and more.

“I’ve really always wanted to do this since I was a kid,” Guiggy explained. “I’m more of a practical person.”

The trained musician and singing teacher wants the space to be inviting to the local arts community and she plans to hold arts and music events in the cafe in the near future. Remote workers can bring their laptop and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi for a change of pace.

Blue Jay Coffee is located at Park and Main streets. There is a municipal parking lot on Park Street in addition to the street spaces.

Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Updates are on his Facebook, Instagram and his website.

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