Young and Hungry

Mother Ruckers Subs Coming to Trinidad Neighborhood

A new carryout sandwich shop called Mother Ruckers Subs is headed to the Trinidad neighborhood near Gallaudet University this fall.

It's the first eatery from Gwen Rucker, who worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years before deciding to venture into the food world. Over the past year, she's worked with the Seoul Food truck and Langston Grille on Wheels, then bought a donut machine and sold donuts at events.

Her 1,300-square-foot spot at 1101 Bladensburg Rd. NE was previously home to Sullivan's Southern Style Seafood. On the menu will be 20 "hearty subs" with fresh deli meats (nothing fried or grilled). All the subs will be eight inches and cost under $7. Rucker also plans to sell bread-less "subs in a bowl"—like  Chipotle burrito bowls, which have all the burrito fillings without the tortilla.

If all goes as planned, Rucker would like to open Oct. 1.

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