For eight years, Dawn Harvey and her team have been serving up sandwiches and more to busy town centre workers and summer tourists.
She is continuing a tradition stretching back 30 years to when the aptly named Sandwich Shop opened in Manor Street.
Her decision to take the shop meant a complete career switch for Dawn, 50, who is a fully trained and qualified nursery nurse. Before moving to Bridlington from Darton, near Barnsley, in 2008 she had been responsible for developing a local children’s centre.
She had no previous experience of the sandwich shop trade but plenty of knowledge of accounting and management. The dramatic change of life followed repeated flooding at her Darton home, the first for 100 years.
“The third time it happened I lost everything. I had had enough. I know exactly how those people in the south feel,” she said.
With her husband Trevor, 61, she moved to Bridlington in March 2008 just days before taking over the shop on April 1, a date which she still has a chuckle over. She chose Bridlington because of family childhood holidays. Later she would bring her own children there for their holidays. Before deciding on the sandwich business, she also looked at other ways to make a living - including cafes, property, an ice cream parlour and holiday accommodation. Since then Dawn, helped by her husband, and around four part-time staff have provided a popular lunch spot for locals and visitors alike.
As well as freshly made to order sandwiches, soup, baked potatoes and toasties the takeaway now has an indoor seating area. It is a competitive business but Dawn believes they score on choice, freshness and price. They also offer a free, local delivery service for telephone orders and always have a daily special for just £1.50. “We give people exactly what they want made while they wait and try to use local suppliers. for example Milner’s bakery deliver the bread fresh every morning,” said Dawn. Tastes have changed. Now people are more adventurous and more demanding. At the moment Chinese Chicken is their most popular filling but a good old ham sandwich is also a top seller.