Drive-Thru Subway Restaurants Are Finally Here in Maine
When it comes to fast-casual restaurants, the key for most people is how fast you can get your food. Chains like McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell have mastered the art of pumping out their food fast and getting it to people through a drive-thru window.
But one of America's most popular chains, Subway, wasn't much for the drive-thru game until just recently. In fact, you're going to start seeing a whole lot more drive-thru Subway restaurants in Maine, as the concept has finally arrived in the Pine Tree State.
According to RestaurantBusinessOnline, Subway decided to test the idea of drive-thru restaurants in 2017. By the end of the that year, around 10% of the company's restaurants featured a drive-thru.
Since the concept of a drive-thru was not part of the chain's requirements for franchisees, the number of Subway restaurants that added a drive-thru was minimal. But as some long term leases have run out in Maine (as well as nationwide), many of those franchisees have seen the opportunity to add a drive-thru and become more competitive with other fast casual restaurants.
The drive-thru works at Subway just like any other restaurant that offers the option. Someone takes your order, you proceed to the window, and the sandwich is made as quickly as possible and given to you. The drive-thru offers Subway restaurants a more convenient and quicker option for DoorDash and UberEats drivers as well.
Currently, there's only a handful of drive-thru Subways in Maine, but there will likely.be many more in the coming years as the company pushes for more convenience for customers.