'Subway' Versus 'The Sub-Way,' Cold Cut Confusion In Framingham

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — There's a foot-long conundrum over sandwiches going down in Framingham, with two shops with very similar names causing some confusion for customers.

The cozy mom and pop shop "The Sub-Way & Pizza" has often times been mistaken for a "Subway" location that sits just down the road, along with multiple other spots in the Metro West. Chef Jose Jr. tells WBZ's Matt Shearer that the misunderstanding happens all the time.

"A lot of people get confused, we have a bunch of calls. Many people come here to pick up the stuff and we tell them 'we don't have any orders on this number,'" Jose Jr. said.

The Sub-Way & Pizza has been in business for 50 years, far longer than the nearby Subways. A manager of one of the franchised locations said it did not bother them to share a similar name with a competing shop. Customers have a different opinion, asking for the bigger fish to change its name.

"We should petition them to change their name— this particular one in particular," one customer said.

"The Sub-Way is the place to be, [the other] is just another run of the mill sandwich dump," another said.

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But owners of the Sub-Way & Pizza are taking the pacifist route, saying the restaurant is welcoming to all as a longstanding member of the Framingham community.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports.

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