Forever United: Meet Firehouse Subs Power Couple John and LaDonna Parish 

It’s the season of love and in celebration of Valentine’s Day on February 14, we are recognizing some of the outstanding franchisee couples in the Firehouse Subs family. 

Multi-unit owners John and LaDonna Parish met 36 years ago by chance through mutual friends. It was the first time their paths had crossed and they have been inseparable ever since. 

The Parish’s opened their first restaurant 15 years ago and now operate 5 restaurants in Memphis, TN and Jonesboro, AR. Learn more about John and LaDonna and their advice on successfully operating restaurants with your spouse. 

How long have you owned your Firehouse Subs restaurants with your spouse? 

We opened our first Firehouse Subs restaurant 15 years ago.

What’s your favorite part about working together? 

Our favorite part of working together is the fact we GET to work together. We truly like (and love) each other and sharing this business has been a wonderful experience.

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about owning and operating a restaurant with your spouse?  

I think the one thing most people don't know about owning and operating a restaurant with your spouse is that we truly aren't together ALL the time. We each have our responsibilities that can lead us in different directions throughout the day and we might not even see each other until dinner time or later.  

What activities do you enjoy doing together outside of your restaurants?

We enjoy traveling with and without our 2 adult children. Traveling really opens us up to so many different worlds and teaches us about ourselves and each other.

What advice do you have for couples who work together?  

Our advice to couples who work together is to stay in your lane, respect your spouse's strengths and shore up their weaknesses. Present as a united front and at the end of the day remember you're in this together with a goal of success in mind.

What does your ideal Valentine’s Day look like? 

We have never made a big deal about Valentine' Day but usually we get take-out at our favorite Japanese Steakhouse restaurant.

What are each of your favorite Firehouse Subs? 

We both love the Firehouse Italian™ sub!