The Times West Virginian

Business

June 15, 2014

Cosco’s Sandwich Shop serves up quality, quantity

FAIRMONT — The theme of Cosco’s Sandwich Shop is quality and quantity.

Since opening day on May 5, co-owners and first cousins Frank Cosco and Joe Cosco have been busy running their new business at 300 Merchant St. in Fairmont.

Customers can order Italian specialty sandwiches, such as a pizza burger, sausage sandwich, Italian steak sandwich, Angelena sandwich, chicken cacciatore sandwich and meatball sandwich. The menu also features hot dogs, including fried and Italian; hamburgers, cheeseburgers and stuffed burgers; steak, sausage and meatball hoagies; and french fries and other sides.

The owners take pride in the fact that everything on their menu is homemade from scratch. They make their own hot dog sauce, spaghetti sauce and meatballs, and the sausage is ground and homemade. They also fry and can their own peppers, and offer 3/8-inch home cut fries.

“The only thing we don’t do is make the buns, and if we had some way to do that, we’d do that,” Frank said.

The sandwiches are a nice size and feature quality meat products. The owners said people are often surprised by how big the sandwiches are and all the toppings they get.

“We’ve had several repeat customers,” Joe said.

Cosco’s Sandwich Shop currently offers food for pickup and delivery. Deliveries are available with a minimum order of $20. In the near future, the owners plan to add a restroom facility and tables so customers can sit down and eat there.

The restaurant also gives a 10 percent discount for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services and 911 workers who stop by or place an order while they’re on duty.

Frank and Joe were each born and raised in Fairmont and grew up two houses away from each other on Speedway Avenue. Frank now lives in Monongah, and Joe resides in White Hall.

Both of them have experience in the food industry. Frank spent many years managing fast food restaurants, and Joe worked in the retail business as a meat cutter for a long time.

Frank said they had been thinking about starting a restaurant together for a while.

“We’d been pondering this for years,” he said. “This just wasn’t a whim of ours. Finding a location was the main concern.”

When they ran across the space available on Merchant Street, which was previously the home of Bamboo Garden, they decided it would be a nice spot to bring their business idea to life, Frank said.

They spent about three months cleaning the building and doing renovations, including putting in new drains and sinks, repairing the floor, installing carpet, painting and more. They also brought in some new equipment.

Joe thanked all the family members who have supported them.

“We’ve had a lot of help from family,” he said. “We had family that helped us get this place running, and actually they still once in a while will come in and give a hand if need be.”

Cosco’s Sandwich Shop is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed Sunday and all holidays. For more information, call 304-365-7688.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

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