Marine Corps Veteran and Wife Bring First Firehouse Subs® to Santa Barbara County

Firehouse Subs® is pleased to announce the grand opening of its first restaurant in Santa Barbara County. Located at 469 E. Betteravia Road in Santa Maria, the restaurant is owned by San Luis Obispo County residents and first-time Firehouse Subs franchisees Derrick and Kimberley Odland.  

It was love at first bite when Derrick tried a sandwich at a Firehouse Subs restaurant for the first time in Augusta, Georgia in 2004. As someone who has always enjoyed cooking, Derrick has thought about opening his own restaurant for decades following the four years he spent in the U.S. Marine Corps and the 25 years he spent self-employed. The Odlands have been married for 26 years and are the proud parents of one son and one daughter.   

I’ve always had an entrepreneur’s mindset and strive to succeed at anything I work on,” said Derrick. “The hot and hearty sandwiches and commitment to public safety at Firehouse Subs are second to none. My wife Kimberley and I are thrilled to welcome Mark Banducci to the team as our restaurant’s operating partner. We look forward to inviting the community in to enjoy stellar food and great service.” 

The Enos Ranch West Firehouse Subs restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. daily 

The Odlands are dedicated to sharing the brand’s commitment to giving back through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®, which has granted more than $1.8 million to first responders and public safety organizations across California. A portion of every purchase at any Firehouse Subs in the U.S. benefits the Foundation, which provides lifesaving equipment and resources to first responders and public safety organizations across the country. 

Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant décor reflects the founding family’s decades of fire and police service with gear and photos donated by local fire departments. This restaurant boasts a custom, hand-painted mural by Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas, featuring local fire department truck and police department vehicles in the foreground with rolling hills, grapevines and a beautiful sunset in the background. First responders are depicted to be cooking out on a Santa Maria-style grill. 

Founded in 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $75 million worth of lifesaving equipment to hometown heroes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Each restaurant recycles five-gallon pickle buckets, available to guests for a $3 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.