A new hunting-themed restaurant in Florida aims to compete with the fast food joints of the world. As a franchise, it has the potential to promote hunting and fill bellies nationwide. Note the mounts on the wall.
- Ben Sobieck, online editor
Jacksonville, Fla.; March 4, 2010 Hunt Club Subs N Grill, a new outdoor themed quick service restaurant franchise, opened its first restaurant on Jacksonville, Florida's southside on March 1st.
Located at 6426 Bowden Road, the rustic style restaurant, featuring a hunting/fishing cabin décor with a fireplace, wooden floors and video screens with outdoor and sports programming, offers a selection of hamburgers, sub sandwiches, hot dogs and beer, in addition to a breakfast menu.
The franchise concept is the first store for the husband and wife ownership team of Bo and Violet Lawrence. Bo Lawrence has over 15 years experience in developing and owning several nationally known fast casual food franchise operations in Northeast Florida. Violet Lawrence has a background in advertising/marketing for national companies in Chicago and Atlanta.
"Hunting, fishing and sitting around the hunt camp has been a part of my whole life," Lawrence explained. "So I wanted to create a local place where the whole family can come and enjoy great food and share their outdoor experiences with friends and neighbors." The tables throughout the restaurant display photos of hunting trips, trophies and catches from friends and families in the Jacksonville area.
The signature menu items include a section called "Wallhangers," an oversized serving of hamburgers, subs and hotdogs. And the signature side is Redneck Fries named for its special Redneck pepper. All hamburgers are made from fresh 100% Certified Angus beef instead of frozen beef patties.
"I believe we have a great concept for building a new business, particularly in today's tough economy," Lawrence said. Two more franchises in Northeast Florida are currently in the works. "Our goal is to have 25 30 stores throughout the Northeast Florida region," Lawrence said.
In addition to developing the concept into a profitable business, Lawrence plans on using the franchises to help support local and national outdoor conservation groups.
The Hunt Club will have a grand opening celebration on March 13th with specials and prizes for customers. Captain Kevin Favor, Jeff Lageman and Captain Kirk Waltz of The Outdoor Show from Radio 1010XL will broadcast live at the restaurant from 7 10 AM. A 2-night/3 day turkey hunt trip with Captain Favor (filmed for a TV show) will be given away as the grand prize.
The restaurant is open 7 AM 9 PM Monday through Friday and 8 AM 9 PM on Saturdays.