Tonawanda News — Workers encouraged him to model pizzas after some of the classic subs on the menu, and Bolt liked the idea.
The menu now offers a royal pizza, which, like the shop’s sub, has sausage, capicola, lettuce and tomato. There’s also the grilled veggie deluxe pizza, which one of Bolt’s vegetarian employees made instead of her favorite sub.
Other options will also be added soon, Bolt said, including gluten free crust, sheet size pizza, wheat dough and more specialty pizzas.
The addition of pizza to the menu is just one change Bolt has made since purchasing Mike’s Subs in 1981, when cold cuts were the shop’s main stay, and if anything was cooked, it was done in a microwave.
After buying the shop, he added a griller and a fryer, and sales went up. In 1996, he started delivering, and sales went up again.
Bolt is hoping the same will happen again with the introduction of pizza options and the ability for customers to sit and eat. The additional revenue would help pay for the $250,000 he’s put into the building.
He also got a great deal of assistance from his landlord, Nick Sinatra, of Sinatra & Company Real Estate, who put up $100,000 of the cost, paying for the floor, front entrance and ceiling.
“We couldn’t have done it without him, and we are definitely busier,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect, but this is what I hoped for.”Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley