Free sandwich promotion in Boardman draws dozens

Primanti Brothers sandwich. Sept. 17, 2015
A Primanti Brothers sandwich. The chain opens a Boardman location on Friday. Sept. 17, 2015

BOARDMAN TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – At Primanti Brothers, you can’t get fries with that. Just ON it.

The Pittsburgh-based restaurant chain that puts the side dishes right on the sandwich is opening in Boardman on Friday. But there’s already a line to get in.

Those people spending the night standing outside hope to win in the “Free Food for a Year” promotion. The first 100 in the door Friday will get one free signature sandwich each week.

The crowd started gathering at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, lawn chairs in tow.

Jerome Varga was at the front of the line with family members. “I’m number one so I think I’m going to get this,” says Varga. “But just a year’s worth of good food and spending time with the family. That’s about it.”

Stella Economos could have had that front row seat. “I got here first and I decided well, I better go over to McDonald’s and get an ice cold drink and come back here. And when I came back here, he was the first one.”

The restaurant was open Thursday night for training.

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