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Owners Ty Barnhart and Geno Zanardi.

Eat, drink and watch the game

–The Giant Sub, a new local eatery located under Cool Hand Luke’s offers a wide variety of savory hot, cold cut, and New England style sub sandwiches. Owners Ty Barnhart and Geno Zanardi, both Paso Robles natives, came up with the idea earlier this year. They wanted a comfortable location for locals to enjoy great sub sandwiches with family and friends. Barnhart’s father, Gary Barnhart, owned and ran three restaurants in Banjor, Maine in the 1970’s, where the traditional New England style subs and many of the recipes came from.

After a few months of 20-plus hour days, they opened on July 22. The old location of Cafe Vio, which sat vacant for over five years, had to be upgraded. Zanardi, who also owns Paso Robles Plastering, reworked the floors, texturized the walls, built brick arches and more. “It was worth the work, Zanardi says, “I enjoy coming in and seeing people enjoying themselves, having a good time.”

Both Barnhart and Zanardi are passionate about supporting the local community where they were raised and are thankful to be a part of it. They are also passionate about sports, both local and national. There are four big screen TVs on the walls playing a wide variety of sporting events. They will be airing Monday Night NFL Football, Thursday Night NFL Football games and Sunday Football games, along with the MLB playoffs and World Series.
Sports night menus include items like Buffalo wings, and they have happy hour all day on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.

Barnhart, a big Bearcat supporter, said he feels grateful for the overwhelming support the local sports community has given The Giant Sub. “I love seeing families come in after practices or games and enjoy a meal together.” Barnhart says.

Along with the sub sandwiches, they also serve delicious pasta, fresh salads, and daily soup specials. All food is made locally and freshly prepared. Both Barnhart and Zanardi say they enjoy the sounds of customers taking their first bite. Zanardi says, “you hear them take their first bite and sounds of satisfaction comes from their mouth, you know it’s good!” He boasts that the infamous “Bearcat” which is not listed on the menu but available for ordering is one of his favorites; it is hot pastrami, thick bacon with Swiss cheese and bread of your choice.giant sub paso robles

The Giant Sub offers a frequent buyer card, where customers can purchase 10 subs and get the 11th free. Brunch is now available on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where $12 buys all-you-can-eat thick cut bacon, ham, eggs, home fries and hash browns, biscuits and gravy, quiche, fruit, omelets by order, mimosas using Tobin James champagne and more. They have 12 beers on tap including Barrelhouse, Figueroa Mountain, and Firestone and over eight local wines on tap. They also offer beer and wine sales to go. They will soon be serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, and onion rings.

The Giant Sub is located at 1111 Riverside Ave, Ste 101, Paso Robles, right under Cool Hand Luke’s. They are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit www.TheGiantSub.com, call (805) 975-8281, or “like” them on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/thegiantsub.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

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