Movie buffs and pop culture fans can find something to love on and off their plates at Mayfield Sub Shop in Carbondale Twp.
The eatery opened in February at 328 Main St., where the decor includes film posters, tables covered in movie jackets and lighting that reminds customers of walking through a movie theater. General manager Laura Oestel said she; her son and the shop’s owner, Alexander Miller; and her daughters, Talia Oestel and Pamela Miller, all have a role in the business, which serves specialty sandwiches and more.
Chef’s Table chatted with Laura Oestel about the new business that pays homage to the big screen.
Q: How did your menu come to be?
A: We took regular plain items and some of the things we like and put a drive-in/carnival twist on them. It’s working so far.
Q: What is available for special diets?
A: We will try our hardest to accommodate anyone with special dietary restrictions and allergies.
Q: What are your most-ordered items?
A: Most-ordered items are the John Carter Chicken Sandwich, Balboa Philly-Style Cheesesteak, Porky’s Revenge Pulled Pork Sandwich and the Godzilla Burger. I think people order the Godzilla just to see if they can finish it. It’s huge. The other customers tell us how much they like each sandwich.
Q: How would you describe the atmosphere?
A: We have been described as a pop culture/geek outlet with a relaxed atmosphere. We like fun. Who doesn’t like movies? We repurposed the tables out of the movie covers that we had. Everything that you see has come from our collection of movie paraphernalia. I have been collecting movie posters before I even had children. (Guests) will walk around and view the decor that is related to a movie, book, reference or character. What you see here is us. We also are kid-friendly. Kids enjoy coming in, relaxing and watching something they like. We play movies all day.
Q: What kinds of promotions do you offer?
A: We offer weekly specials. This way, we can offer our guests the freshest ingredients. There is always something new added to the menu. This allows our guests to try something new, and they don’t get tired of the same old menu all the time.
Q: Do you offer catering, event space, etc.?
A: We do offer catering, but unfortunately, we do not have an event space.
Q: Are you offering delivery, takeout or curbside pickup?
A: We offer dine-in, takeaway, curbside and delivery to businesses only at this time.
Q: Where do you see the restaurant headed in the future?
A: We hope to do well where we are, and so we hope to be able to open a second location in Scranton near the university.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. She also writes Chef’s Table that profiles restaurants around the region. Additionally, Laura curates events online on AccessNEPA.com. Laura is involved in the special Mother’s Day edition and curates occasional features Marry Memories and Times Travelers. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She also earned a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5228.