Carolina Panthers Player Brings Ike’s Love & Sandwiches to Miami
Carolina Panthers guard John Miller and his father Johnnie Green are bringing San Francisco-based Ike’s Love & Sandwiches to Miami. The professional football player and Green are opening their first location Oct. 9 and have plans to open 10 more storefronts throughout Florida’s Broward and Miami-Dade counties over the next seven years.
Miller is a Florida native and said after trying Ike’s Love & Sandwiches for the first time that he knew he wanted to bring the sandwich chain to his hometown.
“My father and I immediately fell in love with Ike’s Love & Sandwiches when we visited its San Francisco location and saw a golden opportunity to bring it to our home state of Florida,” Miller said. “Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is different than any other restaurant concept in Florida right now. We’re excited to bring it to the East Coast as we know customers are craving the sandwich selections and will jump all over it once we open the doors.”
Ike Shehadeh founded Ike’s Love & Sandwiches in 2007. The chain has grown to nearly 90 locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas and Hawaii with additional locations in development in Chicago.
The concept said it offers hundreds of sandwiches to choose from, all spread with “Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce,” which is also baked into the Dutch crunch bread. Ike’s Love & Sandwiches said its low build-out costs, efficient labor practices and waste-reducing operational standards position it for “rapid franchise development potential.”
“Love, appreciation and respect are at the forefront of everything we do at Ike’s Love & Sandwiches,” Shehadeh said. “The happiness and enjoyment of our customers are the drivers behind Ike’s. I’m excited to work with John and Johnnie to celebrate our Florida customers and their unique tastes as we bring the concept to the East Coast.”