Well, as the story goes, when Em's opened,
a gang of boys would come to the lunch counter, buy a soda,
and eat packed lunches they brought from home.
That gave Pete and Emma the idea to make and sell sandwiches at the store.
Pete began buying 12-inch Italian buns from the nearby Ferndale Bakery,
and Emma added their
own special sliced deli meat, cheese, fresh vegetables, and to top it off, she developed a special dressing. And so the Em’s Submarine Sandwich was born.
It quickly became a Johnstown favorite,
and kept Pete and Emma going strong,
until finally the time came to retire.
The couple simply closed Em’s Subs
and sold their Roxbury building.