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On this day: Richmond's famous subs disappeared

The couple was last spotted serving up their famous subs at a local pub in 2019
The Richmond News' front page on the first week of January in 2018 paid homage to a disappearing local delicacy

Every Saturday morning will be taking a dip into the past – sometimes recent, sometimes not – to recall what made the front page on the corresponding day or week.

In the first week of January in 2018 the Richmond News broke the bad news for the nostalgic readers that a “greasy spoon” staple of the local diet was set to close its doors.

To the dismay of many Richmondites, Bob’s Subs – run by husband-wife team of Mi-Yeong and Frank Lee, both Korean immigrants from the early 1980s – was getting set to close after more than 25 years of serving searing hot subs to the delight of their loyal customers.

Despite their Asian background, the couple’s speciality was serving up no-frills Western greasy spoon fare at the single-storey No. 3 Road strip mall, near Cook road.

“This food is Western food. I don’t want to mix it up, Korean food and Western food. The taste is wrong. We don’t want to screw up from the original recipe,” Mi-Yeong told the News at the time.

The couple were expected to retire shortly afterward, but they were spotted working part-time, still serving up their famous subs at a local pub in 2019.