The NFL guard has teamed up with his father to open the first Ike’s Love & Sandwiches location in Miami as part of an exclusive multi-unit franchise deal
San Francisco-based sandwich chain Ike’s Love & Sandwiches solidified a multi-unit franchise deal with John Miller, a professional football player for the Carolina Panthers, and his father Johnnie Green, to bring the concept to Florida for the first time.
The first restaurant – based in Miami, located at 18719 Biscayne Boulevard; Miami, FL 33180 – opens today, and the duo plans to open 10 Ike’s Love & Sandwiches storefronts throughout Broward County and Miami-Dade County over the next seven years.
A former three-year starter for the Buffalo Bills, Miller recently signed an agreement to play for the Carolina Panthers.
“My father and I immediately fell in love with Ike’s Love & Sandwiches when we visited its San Francisco location, and saw a golden opportunity to bring it to our home state of Florida,” said Miller. “Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is different than any other restaurant concept in Florida right now. We’re excited to bring it to the East Coast as we know customers are craving the sandwich selections and will jump all over it once we open the doors.”
Founded by Ike Shehadeh in 2007, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches currently has nearly 90 locations in operation throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas and Hawaii, with additional locations currently in development in Chicago as well as Utah, California and Texas.
Beyond its extensive menu offerings, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches follows a business model with low build-out costs, efficient labor practices and waste-reducing operational standards, positioning the concept for rapid franchise development potential.
“Love, appreciation and respect are at the forefront of everything we do at Ike’s Love & Sandwiches,” said founder, Ike Shehadeh. “The happiness and enjoyment of our customers are the drivers behind Ike’s. I’m excited to work with John and Johnnie to celebrate our Florida customers and their unique tastes as we bring the concept to the East Coast.”