DiBella’s Old Fashions Subs is a chain of sandwich shops on the East Coast that traces its roots back to 1918. Founded near our Farmington NY campus in the nearby town of Henrietta, the chain now operates over 40 locations in five states.
Their flagship Italian Market store is still located in the town of Henrietta and our fine woodworking division NEWwoodworks recently built a series of heavy timber craftsmen style tables, butcher block counters, and booth tabletops for the shop out of reclaimed Heart Pine timbers provided by our sister company Pioneer Millworks.
“This was one of the first jobs I worked on when I started working for NEWwoodworks. Putting these tables together and being part of the entire process was really meaningful to me. I had never done any kind of large woodworking joinery before and leaning about how to do that was really rewarding,” shared Shawn, a new member of our fine woodworking division who worked on the project.
DiBella’s commitment to time honored tradition and steadfast consistent quality in the food they serve is reflected in the design of their sub shops. The whole visual experience of their restaurants is based around the core concept of a hand-crafted market deli straight out of the 1930’s and 40’s, and the flagship location in Henrietta is where DiBella’s does much of its research and development, constantly improving and refining what they do.
“Most of the projects we work on are for private homes, so it is hard to show my parents what I do all day. But my family eats at DiBella’s regularly, so I was able to take them to the Henrietta Italian Market location and show them the tables that I helped to create,” Shawn remembered. “My parents were so proud to see these, they took pictures and posted them on Facebook, telling all their friends to go and eat there. It was a really nice feeling being able to share my work with my family in that setting.”
Still family owned & operated, DiBella’s has a longstanding relationship with New Energy Works, NEWwoodworks, and Pioneer Millworks because of our shared belief that good old fashioned American craft can be used to help tell the story that hard work and attention to detail still matter to a new generation.