Emmaüs’ new sandwich shop is creating a buzz | Lehigh Valley Regional News
EMMAUS, Pa. — A new sandwich shop is creating a lot of buzz in Lehigh County.
The Hive, offering made-to-order sandwiches and premium sides, opened Thursday at 417 Chestnut St. in Emmaus, just off the triangle.
Partners George Younes, Edwin Lugo, Robert Sirmans and Pete Rodriguez spent five months renovating the space with new flooring, windows, ceiling tiles, shiplap walls, electrical work and equipment of the kitchen.
The store’s name refers to Emmaus High School’s mascot, the hornet, Younes said. There are other school nods with green trim and an Emmaus High School football helmet on display.
“We are thrilled to be part of the Emmaus community,” Younes said. “We love meeting everyone who walks through our door, and we listen to what they like and hope to see on our menu as it expands.”
The store, which seats about six customers, offers sandwiches like Italian, tuna, and turkey and ham.
The sandwiches feature Dietz & Watson meats and cheeses and are served on French bread from Egypt Star Bakery alongside.
Pricing starts at $19.99 for a whole (24 inches), $9.99 for a half (12 inches), and $8.49 for a pita bread.
Depending on customer hunger, whole sandwiches are usually enough for four people, Younes said.
The team is also considering replacing the half size with 7 and 14 inch sizes.
“So we would have a small and a medium instead of a half,” Younes said. “The reason we’re considering doing this is because a lot of customers are halving the halves.”
As well as using Egypt Star bread, The Hive also sources other local produce, including pita from Soumaya & Sons Bakery & Deli in Whitehall Township and coffee – a medium roast blend dubbed “Bound for Glory” – from Monocacy Coffee Co. in Bethlehem.
“We hope to partner with many more local businesses as we grow in the new year,” Younes said.
During its soft open, cold sandwiches are offered with sides such as coleslaw and cheddar macaroni salad. The hummus is made from scratch by Younes’ mother.
“I’m from Syria and I’ve been eating this hummus since I was a kid,” Younes said. “It’s the absolute best, and I’m thrilled our customers can now enjoy it.”
Starting in a few weeks, hot sandwiches like pulled pork, Cuban and other paninis will be offered, Younes said.
Customers can also expect egg, meat and cheese sandwiches on Egypt Star’s Kaiser rolls from early 2023.
“We’re looking to add something new every week,” Younes said. “We’re also looking to introduce a new chicken Caesar sandwich and other sides like Asian coleslaw.”
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. In the coming months, the hours will change from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Information: 610-772-9722.