Dave’s Cosmic Subs
, a Cleveland-based chain of sandwich shops with a decidedly hippie vibe, will open an Ohio City location. The 1,000-square-foot shop will take the spot previously (and briefly) occupied by Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt (2547 Lorain Ave.), which sits between Crop Bistro and Bonbon Café.
It’s part of a large expansion spearheaded by founder David “Cosmic Dave” Lombardy. In addition to the Ohio City spot, new locations will be popping up in Solon, Fairlawn and Willoughby. Those join another seven shops to open in California. All are owned by franchisees.
Dave opened his first shop, located in Chagrin Falls and still kicking, back in 1997. At present count, there are 22 shops now open.
“I’m fortunately doing well, and people are getting what I’m doing,” says Lombardy. “You start a business and it’s tough; you never know if you’re going to make it. But I have a great sub and a great hippie concept – which I used to be.”
Before switching to sandwiches, Lombardy was an actor and musician in California, playing with such notable acts as Steppenwolf and Eddie Money.
“I came back from LA and started making sandwiches. Can you believe it?”
The Ohio City shop will be run by Eddie DeTomaso, the current owner of the original shop in Chagrin Falls. Before purchasing the store two years ago, DeTomaso worked there for eight years.
“I was looking to open a shop in Columbus and then Dave offered to sell me this store,” DeTomaso explains.
Fans of the sub shops can expect the same look, feel and menu, says DeTomaso.
“A Dave’s is a Dave’s is a Dave’s,” he says. “The whole idea is that you want it to be the same everywhere.”
That means a menu of 30-odd sandwiches and a music-themed, memorabilia-covered interior. The store will have seating at tables and along a rail that looks out onto Lorain Avenue.
“I like the energy down there with all the breweries and restaurants,” he notes. “It’s such a vibrant area. Just over the bridge from downtown and Tremont isn’t far away.”
DeTomaso says he believes the neighborhood is the perfect spot for a time-tested quick-serve sandwich shop like Dave’s.
“I hear from so many people in Ohio City who say they don’t want to sit down, don’t want to go to a bar, they just want something quick and easy.”
DeTomaso hopes to get the shop up and running within two months.