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Charley's Grilled Subs

Charley's Grilled
Type Private
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1986
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio, United States
Key people Charley Shin

Charley's Grilled Subs is a restaurant chain of submarine sandwich stores headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.[1] Formerly known as Charley's Steakery, the franchise was established in 1986 on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and is still headquartered there. There are 500 locations in 46 states and Puerto Rico in the United States and in 15 other countries, including Canada, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Germany, Guam, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Panama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela, Poland. The Charley's brand markets itself as being "built on the essence of Brotherly Love, while honoring God and strengthening neighbors".[2] The brand is focused on providing hot food, prepared in front of the customer.

The restaurant features sandwiches such as the Philly Cheesesteak, Chicken Teriyaki, Buffalo Chicken, and recently offered the Chicken Chipotle, Spicy Asian BBQ, South Philly and the Southwest Chicken sandwiches during limited time offers. Charley's also serves salads, fries, and lemonade.

Charley's Grilled Subs locations have traditionally been found in malls, airports and military installations across the United States. Now, the chain is refocusing on strip center and free-standing locations.[3]


  • History 1
  • Menu 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


While studying real estate at The Ohio State University, Charley Shin worked in his mother’s Japanese/Korean restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. A wrong turn on a family trip to New York City resulted in Charley’s discovery of the Philly steak sub. Charley convinced his mother to take a break, sell the restaurant, and invest in “Charley’s,” a 450-square-foot (42 m2) restaurant across the street from The Ohio State University campus. Charley’s first decision in the restaurant was to turn the grill around to face the customers, so they could always see their food being cooked, a move that would later become the trademark of the Charley’s Grilled Subs chain.[3]


Charley's features grilled subs, gourmet fries and natural lemonade. Fries can be topped with cheddar cheese sauce, ranch dressing and/or bacon. The original lemonade is accompanied by a rotating seasonal selection, including kiwi, strawberry, raspberry and others.


  1. ^ "Contact Us." Charley's Grilled Subs. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Charley's Grilled Subs
  3. ^ a b Fast Casual Charley's Grilled Subs August 27, 2007
General sources
  • Johnson-Elie, Tannette (2006-12-05). "Mixing kindness with business".  
  • Naylor, June (2004-02-20). "Charlie's is hot on the grill (free preview)".  
  • Chan, Candy Kit Har (1994-11-25). "Steaking His Claim: Crafty Charley Shin Proves Fast Food, Franchising".  

External links

  • Official website

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