When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
Darina Restaurant's chefs specialize in Russian cuisine, as well as the artistry of plating it. They don't just serve lamb loin with vegetables and mashed potatoes?they arrange the vegetables into an elegant tower and carefully sculpt the mashed potatoes into the shape of a rose in bloom but without all the prickly potato thorns. Even pasta dishes such as the capellini with shrimp in white sauce feature elegantly placed ingredients that show off the dish's contrasting colors.
It's easy to crack a screen on a smartphone or tablet, since there's still no such thing as see-through steel. But with Cyber On U's crew of dedicated technicians, it's just as easy to fix. Offering a one-hour turnaround time on most devices, Cyber On U spares owners the time, hassle, and expense of replacing the device with speedy service using genuine Apple and Samsung parts. For extra security, they also install tempered glass screen protectors with crystal-clear retina displays, smudge-proof coating, and up to a 9H hardness rating, meaning it can resist scrapes and scratches from knives, keys, and pocket badgers. In addition to screen repairs, the techs are adept at fixing faulty charging ports, and can even replace the batteries and reshape damaged corners on all models of iPads. Beyond smartphones and tablets, their expertise extends to laptops and PCs with hardware and operating system upgrades. And for those who prefer to do their surfing away from home, or who can't remember their own elongated WiFi passwords, Cyber On U is home to a high-speed internet cafe .
Over the past four decades, Seattle’s Best Coffee has built strong, ethical relationships with coffee farmers around the globe. Taste testers sample each coffee shipment a minimum of three times before putting it into rotation, which is an effective way to ensure quality flavor and to stay awake for five days straight without blinking. Other parts of their process are equally perfectionistic: once a blend joins the repertoire, it's classified into one of five levels of intensity—ranging from mild and light to dark and bold—so that customers can swiftly select the flavor profile they prefer. Before they're packaged for retail or ground and brewed in shops across the country, the beans take a long, slow tumble in a roaster whose heat is controlled via a carefully calibrated roasting curve. In store, the toasty base might be topped by hazelnut cream, caramel, or sprinkles and paired with quick-serve breakfast sandwiches and baked goods.
An emporium of all things gaming?from Magic: The Gathering to board games and computer games??Kings Games entertains and delights visitors throughout the day. After perusing their vast selection of collectible card games, board games, and tabletop role-playing games, visitors can stroll upstairs to the game room or stop in the internet caf?. Printers and copiers take care of gamers' business needs, and the computers' preloaded video games pit players against each other over the local area network or online. Their gaming schedule is also packed to the brim with HeroClix and Magic tourneys.
Under twinkling string lights and a sheer-red canopy, patrons at Imli Cafe's sprawling outdoor patio smoke rich hookah. It’s just as aromatic inside the café’s dining room, where diners can enjoy the smell of delectable Indian cuisine. Some might detect the aroma of tofu and crab-cake-stuffed paratha, while others might sense the mint chicken being cooked in a clay-oven tandoor. Imli’s menu ranges from naan sandwiches to chicken kebabs sautéed with basmati rice, and guests can finish off their meal with pistachio or mango-flavored ice cream.