Subway sandwich shop coming to Clark Street

Patrick Svitek

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Evanston aldermen unanimously approved a special use permit for the city’s 10th Subway sandwich shop at Monday night’s Planning and Development Committee meeting.

All five committee members greenlit franchisee Suhas Patel’s permit application, which would allow the sandwich shop to operate 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week at 724 Clark St. between Clarke’s Diner and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Patel, who also owns the Subway at Emerson Street and Ridge Avenue, briefly spoke before committee aldermen Monday to clarify some uncertainty about the proposed store.

Addressing a question from Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd), Patel said he has no plans to close his other store due to its close proximity.

The Subway at Emerson Street and Ridge Avenue is about a half mile northwest of the proposed Clark Street location.

“It’s a significant business out there,” Patel said. “Otherwise, I would not be investing” in something that could hurt my other store.

The granted permit carries several recommendations stemming from an Oct. 18 hearing before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

According to a memorandum in Monday’s council packet, the new Subway’s employees will not be permitted to park on Clark Street or nearby Sherman Avenue and store hours will be limited to 6 a.m. until midnight five days a week.

The new shop must also adopt a litter collection plan that requires on-duty workers to police a 250-feet radius around the property at least once every three hours during daytime operation.

On Subway’s official website Monday night, the 724 Clark St. location in Evanston was listed as “Opening Soon!”