Charleys Philly Steaks to open in Towne East

A new Philly cheese steak restaurant should open in Towne East Square’s food court by late October.

Steve Nussbaum is about to finalize the lease on a space in the mall where he’ll open a Charleys Philly Steaks, a restaurant chain based in Columbus, Ohio, that’s been known as Charley’s Grilled Subs but is transitioning to the new name.

The chain, Nussbaum said, has about 450 restaurants around the world. Most of them are in malls, but several are located on military bases as well. There’s a Charley’s Grilled Subs at McConnell Air Force Base.

The chain specializes in Philly cheese steak sandwiches and also is known for its fries and lemonade. “It’s freshly prepared and grilled in front of you,” he said. “It’s a nicer quality sandwich and has a better quality than your typical food court fare.”

Nussbaum said he’s long been impressed by the chain, which he would often visit when traveling. He was close to securing a spot to open one in Texas last year when his wife –  Kim Nussbaum — accepted the job as the Wichita Eagle’s publisher. Luckily, he said, the chain was interested in expanding in Wichita as well. He hopes to eventually open more Charleys in Towne West “and beyond,” he said.

Nussbaum didn’t say exactly which spot he’ll be taking in Towne East, but it’s part of the main food court area, he said.