Subway Time

Updated: Jun 30 2002, 05:30am hrs
Subway, the worlds second largest fast food chain, has just opened its second Indian outlet in Bandra West in Mumbai. The first Subway outlet is in the PVR Anupam complex in Saket, in New Delhi. 70 more outlets are planned for all over India.

The 48-seater restaurant serves sandwiches and salads. Unique to Subway is its bread, freshly baked in front of the customer, which ensures that the sandwiches it serves are absolutely fresh. Two Indian sandwiches are being introduced initially: Paneer Tikka and Chicken Tikka. In India, all meat products are chicken, turkey or lamb.

In addition to its regular fare, Subway offers seven low-fat sandwiches, containing six grams or less of fat. Plus, there are a variety of low-fat condiments and fat-free salad dressings. Company sources claim that Subway sandwiches are not only low in fat, but also rich in complex carbohydrates and packed with vitamins A and C.

The Mumbai Subway has been opened in alliance with PepsiCo, the well-known soft drink brand. All PepsiCo products, including the soft drinks, Tropicana fruit juices and Frito-Lays potato chips, will be available at all Subway restaurants in the country.

Subway was created in 1965 when Dr Peter Buck loaned 17-year-old Fred DeLuca $1,000 to open a sandwich shop with the intent that the shop would help pay for DeLucas college tuition. From there, the Subway concept has grown to become the second largest fast food chain in the world, operating 15,300 restaurants in 74 countries.