Despite his background, Mr. Ruffalo was amazed at the success of his first experimental and unpretentious submarine sandwich restaurant. Within several months, Donnie, as he preferred to be called, was approached by people interested in following his example. In January of 1976 the first franchised Sub Station II unit was launched in Charleston, SC. In May and June of that same year two other franchises were awarded: one in downtown Sumter, SC and another in Columbia, SC. All three of these units remain in operation today.
Sadly, Mr. Ruffalo passed away in November 2011, but his dream lives on. Since that time his daughters, Sandra and Susan, and his brothers, John and Charles, have been working diligently to continue and improve upon the foundation that Donnie had built over the last 45 years.
Today Sub Station II has over 40 locations spread throughout 5 states in the Southeast. With Sub Station II’s recipe for success and reinvigorated corporate team, it’s just beginning to move in a direction that will undoubtedly make it one of the major sub sandwich chains in the future.