Of course it’s good. It’s Caris!

LANA MUTHLER / THE EXPRESS From left are Misty Tressler, Justin and Emily Caris, Amy Doud, Amanda Kline. Absent when the photo was taken is Matt Russell.

LOCK HAVEN — We’ve all had a ham, turkey or roast beef sub, a hamburger or cheeseburger, and french fries, onion rings or mozzarella sticks. Let’s be honest they are the standard offerings at almost every sub or sandwich restaurant,but have you ever had a Cowboy, a John Wayne, a Billy the Kid, or a Wyatt Earp?

If not, you’ve gotta make a trip to Caris Sub Shop 524 E. Main St., Lock Haven, (formerly Crow’s Deli and before that Charlie’s Grocery) and give one of their many delicious subs a try.

Owners Jason and Emily Caris promise you won’t be disappointed.

Then again, the couple is proud of all their sandwiches and other food items, expressing with a smile, “Of course it’s good, it’s Caris.”

Jason and Emily opened the local sub shop in March 2019. Jason had wanted to own his own business since he was a teenager. He has been in food service since the age of 16, so a sub shop was the perfect fit. In April of 2018, Jason had to opportunity to open a shop in Williamsport. While he had many loyal customers the location just wasn’t ideal.

In March of 2019, opportunity knocked once again for Jason offering a better location and the chance to move Caris Sub Shop to Lock Haven, the couple’s hometown. They say business has been good to them, but are looking for a couple more employees to help out with the seven day schedule and keep up with the high demand.

Manager Amy Doud calls the restaurant, which caters to take-outs but also offers tables and chairs for those who decide to eat in, a very family-oriented place.

“We have lots of loyal customers and we’re seeing new faces every day. It’s always great to see familiar faces and to hear new customers tell us that we come highly recommended,” Amy said with a smile, obviously happy with her role in the business. Two others, Mandi Kline, Misty Tressler, and Matt Russell are also employees and greet you with a warm smile.

As Emily talks about the shop, she says it’s a tribute to the couple’s son, Wyatt, who passed away in January 2019.

“Everything we do, it’s all in memory of Wyatt. We wear orange… that was his favorite color,” she said her eyes tearing up as she shared about their son.

“We call it Caris Sub Shop — Home of the Cowboy. That’s our signature sandwich and it’s a big hit,” Emily said.

Taking a look around the shop you will see the familiar Caris Logo proudly displayed all around, but always ending with the tribute,“In Loving Memory of Wyatt”.

If the Cowboy doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about a John Wayne that will surely fill you up. Like spicey? Why not try their signature cheesesteak The Billy the Kid, sure to make your mouth water. The list of subs and sandwiches is long and everyone has their favorites but the biggest seller by far is the cheesesteak sub, Emily said.

And let’s not forget their burgers, freshly pattied when ordered, never frozen and cooked anyway you like and can be accompanied with fresh cut french fries. They also offer unique burgers such as the Wyatt Earp and a Pizza Burger.

The menu doesn’t stop there and is filled with many more exciting dishes to try including cheesesteak eggrolls, cheese cake eggrolls, grilled chicken, black diamond steak and taco salads plus so much more.

Jason and Emily pride themselves on making sure that everything is cut fresh daily and that everything that can homemade or in house is, such as meatballs, various salads and their signature sub oil.

Caris offers daily specials that include a small sub, chips and a can of soda. Monday is ham,Tuesday is turkey, Wednesday is a regular Thursday is Italian and Friday is cheesesteak. They also offer a family size meal called the Wagon Train, including two large regular subs, a 2-liter of soda and a Weekender bag of Middleswarth chips.For parties ad other special occasions, Caris offers sub trays, too.

Caris Sub Shop is open seven days a week — Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Emily, Justin or any of their staff are glad to take phone orders and have them ready for pick up or stop by and eat-in. Just give them a call 570-858-1795, and trust me, you will be glad you did.


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