Jeremy Williamson stands behind the counter with another Penn Station employee, discussing the upcoming Kansas vs. Memphis NCAA championship game. It is between lunch and dinner rushes at the “East coast” sandwich joint, located at the corner of the Eastern Bypass and Lancaster Avenue.Williamson said during busy times the communication between the cashiers and cooks flies heavy and fast, but when the orders slow down the employees like to talk sports. “We’re a lot friendlier than most places,” he said.
Penn Station has been in Richmond for about seven years. Williamson, who has worked at the restaurant for two of those years, said Penn Station is popular with students because the food is made while the customer watches, with fresh ingredients, and the restaurant is within walking distance of campus.
“There’s.something about watching your food being made that lets you know something’s being done right,” said Cory Clark, a junior ASL interpreting major from Louisville.
Another plus for Penn Station is the student discount it offers, Williamson said. Penn Station gives students with an Eastern I.D. a free order of fries when they order a sub and a drink, he said.
Lloyd Walker, a shift manager who has worked for Penn Station for four years, said they also offer a special “buy one get one free” deal on subs after 5 p.m on Tuesdays.
One of Penn Station’s unique features is a wall of hand-drawn posters, many of which were drawn by Eastern fraternities and sororities who have found themselves connected with the restaurant in one way or another.
Williamson said besides fraternities and sororities, other campus groups enjoy Penn Station as well, like the baseball and basketball teams, who often place large orders before they go on the road.
Walker said students who haven’t had Penn Station should give it a shot. “It wouldn’t hurt to try the East coast-style sandwiches we have,” he said.