Throng Turns Out for Foot Longs

August 2012, CUJ


Lauren Ganuelas and her son, Cole Foy Ganuelas, were the first in line when Subway opened July 20 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.CUJ photo/Phinney

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MISSION - Lauren Ganuelas and her son, Cole Foy Ganuelas, were first in line when Subway opened its doors to customers July 20.

She beat the rush.

For the next hour, a continuous line of hungry sandwich eaters filed through the door queuing up for their versions of Subway’s famous foot longs. The newly trained sandwich “artists” kept busy with creating masterpieces requested by customers, many of were from the nearby National Forest Service offices and Cayuse Technologies on the west side of Highway 331, the same side as Subway and Dairy Queen, plus others like Ganuelas who came from Wildhorse Casino on the other side of the highway.

“From the time I first saw the sign I’ve been ready to come up here,” Ganuelas said. “Today Mitch Pond on his Facebook said it was going to open today at noon. I wanted to come up and get the same Subway sandwich I always get and see if it was as good. It’s good.”

With a wide variety of meats and breads covered with the buyer’s selection of condiments, Ganuelas goes for a turkey sandwich with jalapeno peppers, cucumber, pepper jack cheese, tomato and spinach leaves.

She’s such a fan – and regular customer – that Ganuelas has a Subway points card, which she forgot to use.

It didn’t matter because she was first in line and the sandwich was just what she was expecting – and hoping for.

“I drove by and knew it was opening at noon. I got here early and the door was open. I was ready.” And so were the Subway sandwich artists.

This story originally appeared in the CUJ. The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon.