History of the Grinder

The term "Grinder" can be tracked back to the East Coast where during World War I Italian immigrants set up sandwich shops close to the shipyards.  Their freshly baked Italian rolls were filled with generous amounts of meats and cheeses. They were then baked and garnished with lettuce and tomatoes.

These super-sized sandwiches were a favorite of the hard working men who ground off rivets on metal warships.  The friendly shop owners referred to these men as grinders. The popular sandwiches also came to be known as Grinders.



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2325 Woodville Road
Oregon, Ohio  43616



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