During WWII, Italian immigrants set up sandwich shops close to the shipyards on the East Coast. Their freshly baked breads were filled with generous amounts of meats and cheeses, then baked and garnished with lettuce and tomato. These super-sized sandwiches were a favorite of the hard-working men who had the grueling task of grinding rivets off warships. The shop owners referred to these men as “grinders.” Eventually, the sandwiches adopted the name of the workers who made them so popular… and the Grinder was born!
See more about the impact of the WWII Shipyard Workers in our restaurant.