Our origin as a submarine shop was just the beginning.

submarine shop owners

Meet the Danner brothers, Jason and Brody. They were raised in the fast food business. Their dad, Gary, owned the first Submarine House franchise – a submarine shop that’s still located on Main Street in Dayton, Ohio.

Gary bought the business in 1984 and continued to expand the sub shops all over town.

Jason and Brody followed their father’s footsteps and opened their own submarine shop locations in the 1990s. By 2003, the brothers were ready to buy the franchise business from their dad.

That’s when they turned a clear vision of how they wanted to move the brand in a new direction into reality. Their recipe for success blended together key ingredients – a love of sports, dreams of owning sports bar, and the Submarine House menu that was the hallmark of the brand

Today, the brothers are expanding the submarine shop / sports bar and grill concept throughout Ohio.

THE 1970’s & 1980’s

The very first Submarine House was opened in 1973 on Brown Street near the University of Dayton by Doug Kidd. It was a true original. Submarine House was the first in the area to introduce the east coast style Cheese steak Sub. It was such a success, that it became the trademark of Submarine House. Working in Dayton, Gary Danner would go to eat there often. Actually, he loved the subs so much, that in 1978 he became the first franchisee, still located today at 7850 N. Main Street. In 1984, after serving thousands of Cheese steaks and Oven Toasted Deli Subs, Gary bought the Submarine House franchise from Doug. Submarine House continued to slowly grow and expand around the Dayton, Ohio area. Growing up, Gary’s sons, Jason, Brody, and Seth worked for Submarine House. Jason and Brody went to college to study business and after college went to work full time for the company.

THE 1990’s & 2000’s

In 1997, Jason opened his first Submarine House and in 1999, Brody opened his first Submarine House. Jason and Brody continued to work with and expand the Submarine House concept. They had always talked about what it would be like to have a Submarine House with a sports bar atmosphere. With both of them playing hockey for Ohio University and spending a few weekends in the bars there, they decided to pursue their dreams.

In March of 2006, they opened the very first Submarine House Bar and Grill, and immediately, it was a huge success. Jason and Brody have since taken over the Submarine House franchise. But you can still find Gary, and wife Susan, at the Submarine House on North Main Street.


Submarine House, or Sub House as many refer to it today, still has their famous Cheese steak as its trademark sub. It has been so successful, that they started offering more. More cheese. More steak. More sub. Sub House created the Super Cheese steak for the best eaters. Super Duper Cheese steak for the elite appetites. Today, they offer not only great subs and other food, but serve it all up in a Bar & Grill format. That makes Sub House again an original and a one-of-a-kind franchise opportunity. Sub House has been voted the best subs in the area on numerous occasions and we have taken this recipe for success to locations in the Dayton and Columbus markets. If you want to make history in your town, we have the tools and track record to help you succeed. As we say, no other sub measures up!