Bigfoot Subs makes imprint
MUNCY – Food and friends are an unbeatable combination. The joy of cooking for friends eventually altered Brian Taggart’s career path leading him into the pub and sub business.
“I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Environmental Studies, moved to Philadelphia and spent much of my time traveling. Cooking is a way of fostering friendships so on weekends I cooked for friends,” said Taggart who had grown up in Muncy.
Nineteen years ago Taggart made more people happy when opening what was then Kimball’s Deli and 6 pack, and renamed Kimball’s Pub in 2005. The location in Williamsport is on Second Street across from Penn College.
For the past six years, along with son Peyton Cox, the twosome have been mulling over the idea of opening a sub shop. “We decided to keep it simple, no fryers, no alcohol,” Taggart said. Naming the shop ‘Bigfoot Subs,’ was Peyton’s idea who said, “When lounging around home we are fanatics about watching the Bigfoot series on television.”
And so, their Bigfoot craze was instrumental in naming their line of signature sandwiches called ‘Cryptid Creations.’ Patrons may choose from 13 varieties with specific ingredients giving some international flavors. An example is ‘The Yeti’ is of Boars Head Madrasala curry chicken coated in Indian spices, served on warm Naan bread, with a mango chutney, bean sprouts, tomatoes, onions and a citrus vinaigrette. Among additional choices are ‘Bigfoot Goes to France,’ ‘Bigfoot Crashes the Picnic,’ and the ‘The Wildman,’ to name a few.
The American Heart Association approves many of the Boar’s Head brand of meats and cheeses. The turkey tastes like what we eat at the Thanksgiving table,” Taggart said.
Another plus is rolls baked in house daily, with gluten free bread made by other purveyors. Two varieties of soup are on the menu in addition to a ‘grab and go’ cooler offering deli items of salads with varieties changed daily.
An interesting feature having multiple uses is a bottled mixture named ‘Culinary Lube.’ “It can be a dressing for subs and salads or great for marinating meats,” Peyton said.
Taggart said that, “For seven months, we have been here at Penn Hills Plaza on Route 220 having made arrangements before Covid began. Through it all we are building a customer base finding the best advertisement are satisfied customers. Penn Hills Plaza is a great area and I’m predicting the area will grow as already news of businesses have committed to coming here,” Taggart said.
“Not yet,” is the stock response Taggart gives customers when asking if Bigfoot Subs is franchised. “We would love to see the brand grow throughout the area.” An idea agreed upon by his son, a Montgomery High School student. Oh yes, you’ll know you’ve arrived at the correct location when at the sub shop entrance, you’ll notice Bigfoot clinging to a column of bricks.