With his mom Alicia as his partner, the 27-year-old Tam High grad has opened Antone’s East Coast Sub Shop at 558 Miller Ave., in the space right near Tam High formerly occupied by Trophy Masters and before that the renowned Mr. Fix It, which closed in 2008 after 44 years in business.
“It’s a dream come true,” Evan Antone says. “It was a perfect opportunity.”
Antone’s puts Evan in the same business as his uncles – Justin and Tyler Catalana, the owners of the Mill Valley Beerworks restaurant as well as Fort Point Brewing in San Francisco. The brothers are siblings of Alicia Antone, who moved to Mill Valley from Cape Cod, Mass., with her husband Derek and their children in 1994, three years after her parents did the same.
“We’re very proud of him,” Alicia says of her son.
The Antones are drawing on their Cape Cod roots for their subs – short for submarine sandwich and also known as a hoagie, hero or grinder, depending on where you’re from. Go here for their menu.
“We just really missed true East Coast subs,” Alicia Antone says, pointing to the D’Angelo sub shops in the New England area as an inspiration. “And we’d always thought the old Mr. Fix It space would be just the ideal sub shop.”
In addition to their use of the beloved Bordenave rolls from San Rafael, the Antones say what makes their subs distinct is fresh, shredded vegetables that are thinly sliced, fresh meats and a number of homemade recipes, including Alicia’s family recipes for Italian sauce and meatballs.
“You haven’t tasted anything like it,” Evan Antone says.
The 411: Antone’s East Coast Sub Shop at 558 Miller Avenue is open Mon.–Fri., 10am–6pm, and customers can call ahead at (415) 888-3585 to order in advance. Antone’s hosting a grand opening party on Saturday, March 19 from 10am–6pm, featuring samples, balloons, face-painting, gift card giveaways, live music from Tam High School students and a ribbon-cutting ceremony from the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce at 12:30pm.