Barnegat Leader

Barnegat Sub Busters Closes, But Hits the Road With New Venture

By Eric Englund | Sep 20, 2019

Barnegat — Food trucks are the hottest new trend in the restaurant industry, and now Barnegat Township will be getting its very own. Local favorite Sub Busters has shut its doors at the Acme Market shopping plaza and has taken on a new chapter – rolling around on a traveling sub bus named Just Keep Eatin’.

Jan Wicks, owner and operator of Sub Busters, built his eatery on wheels from the ground up, taking a big yellow school bus and creating a fully functional kitchen inside.

“It’s time for a new adventure,” said Wicks. “We’ve been in Barnegat for 21 years, and we fully intend on staying in this town and giving back to the community who has supported us for so long.”

Sub Busters began in the old Cumberland Farms strip mall in Barnegat in 1998. When Walgreen’s took over that site in 2005, it moved into the plaza that held the food store that was then Genuardi’s and is now Acme.

Wicks said customers will have to rely on social media to figure out where Just Keep Eatin’ will be on any given day.

“Eventually, we would like to have a few usual spots that people will know where to find us, but for now we are just going to be figuring out which places work best for us and our customers,” he said.

Just Keep Eatin’ was a fixture at the Barnegat Municipal Dock in August for the summer concert series and also appeared at Pirate’s Day on Sept. 7.

“We’ll do the haunted hayrides during Halloween (in Waretown)  and other local events,” he said. “If someone wants to have an outdoor party, we’ll be available for catering.”

Wicks said currently the bus will be serving cold subs and salads, since its stoves have not been hooked up.

“Once we’re into the fall, then we can offer hot sandwiches along with French fries, poppers and mozzarella sticks,” he said.

Just Keep Eatin’ can be found on Facebook and on Instagram at @justkeepeatin_nj for details about upcoming events. —E.E.

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