A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 04, 2022
“I refuse to make my own sandwich. I rely on sub contractors”

Sub sandwich shops have trademarked the “sub contractor” name joke since the 1980s. “Not a fan of pun business names but a sandwich catering company named ‘sub contractor’ is perfect” was posted on Twitter by Joe Crawford on September 20, 2009.

“I refuse to make my own sandwich. I rely on sub contractors” was posted on Twitter by The Pun Gents on November 17, 2011, and again on Twitter on January 26, 2022.

The Subway restaurant chain calls its employees “sandwich artists.” “Hey Subway! Why are they called ‘sandwich artists’? They should be called ‘sub-contractors’” was posted on Twitter by Ape Entman on July 26, 2013. “Who called them sandwich artists & not sub contractors?” was posted on Twitter by Kissy Monster on June 6, 2017. “Who called them sandwich artists and not sub contractors” was posted on Twitter by Jay Kay on December 29, 2020.


Twitter
Joe Crawford
@artlung
Not a fan of pun business names but a sandwich catering company named “sub contractor” is perfect.
4:44 PM · Sep 20, 2009·Twitter SMS

Twitter
meggan_fahrenba
@meggan_fahrenba
Not a fan of pun business names but a sandwich catering company named “sub contractor” is perfect.
2:34 AM · Sep 21, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
switch-eharu
@notShigeharu
I just now got the joke with the sandwich shop that calls itself a sub contractor.
1:22 PM · Feb 13, 2011·Twitter SMS

Twitter
The Pun Gents
@pungents
I refuse to make my own sandwich. I rely on sub contractors
11:47 AM · Nov 17, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jess and Jas
@FunnyGuppies
What is a sub-contractor? Does that mean he makes sandwiches? #blondemoments
12:29 AM · Jun 20, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Ape Entman
@BobYarrow
Hey Subway!
Why are they called “sandwich artists”? They should be called “sub-contractors”
11:56 AM · Jul 26, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
ponytales
@weareponytales
i refuse to make my own sandwiches. that is why I rely on sub contractors. #banhmibabe #foodporn… http://instagram.com/p/g81UXTomGE/
3:52 PM · Nov 20, 2013·Instagram

Twitter
Erik
@ErikAllyn
One of the best sandwich restaurants I’ve come across. The carpenter/construction theme… @ Rammy’s Sub Contractors http://j.mp/1fUnkEV
3:03 AM · Apr 5, 2014·Trover

Twitter
Pete
@LTP_15
A contractor that makes sandwiches.
A sub contractor
8:32 AM · Dec 9, 2014·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Michael Riscica AIA
@YoungArchitxPDX
I refuse to make my own sandwich. I rely on sub contractors.
10:01 AM · Feb 9, 2015·Buffer

Twitter
Steve Lee
@stevelee73
If Subway gets Jimmy Johns to make a sandwich, does that make them a sub sub contractor?
11:37 AM · Oct 29, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
The Drunk Architect
@DrunknArchitect
I refuse to make my own sandwich. I rely on sub contractors.
#architecture #iThoughtItWasFunny #jokes #puns
11:59 PM · Mar 10, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Kissy Monster
@KissyMonster1
Who called them sandwich artists & not sub contractors?
10:10 PM · Jun 6, 2017·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Alf
@whoelsebutalf
Sandwich Technicians?
really, @SubwayUK
..
How about Sub-Contractors.
7:44 AM · Feb 12, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Anchor Point
@OneAnchorPoint
Q: Why don’t most project managers make their own sandwiches?
A: They rely on sub contractors.
#FunnyFriday #projectmanagment #architecture
10:08 AM · Jun 22, 2018·Sprout Social

Twitter
Bobby Durian
@BobbyDurian
Tired: Sandwich Artist
Wired: Sub-Contractor
8:39 AM · Jul 25, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Michael Riscica AIA
@YoungArchitxPDX
I refuse to make my own sandwich. I rely on sub contractors.
youngarchitect.com
Architecture Puns!?!
Hilarious collection of Architecture Puns! Hahaha
2:02 PM · Sep 25, 2018·Buffer

Reddit—a:t5_w8vw2
Posted by u/[deleted] February 9, 2019
I refuse to make my own sandwich. I rely on sub contractors.
source:https://youngarchitect.com/2015/11/27/architecture-puns/

Twitter
Big Rock Supply
@BigRockSupply
Roofers never make their own sandwiches. They rely on Sub Contractors. #roofer #roofing
15 hours ago
3:02 PM · Feb 18, 2020·CoSchedule

Twitter
Occupy Centrelink
@OccupyMyGov
@DanielAndrewsMP refuses to make his own sandwiches. He relies on sub contractors.
7:52 AM · Jul 6, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Dwayne Ciroc Johnson
@HawestinPowers
Freelance Sandwich Artist, call that a Sub contractor
12:25 PM · Aug 11, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Hannah! 💀
@hudlion
subway is transitioning business plans, hoping to be the Uber of Eating Fresh. they will no longer employ sandwich artists, instead they will have sub contractors.
7:30 PM · Aug 15, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
MrFloyds2ndGrade
@floyds2nd
Replying to @LanceK17
Did you make your own sandwich for lunch, or did you rely on a sub contractor ?
11:25 PM · Nov 30, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jay Kay
@Swoosh61
Who called them sandwich artists and not sub contractors
9:59 PM · Dec 29, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
CD
@TheLizardPrince
If someone is making a sandwich for me, does that make them a SUB contractor?
7:43 PM · Jul 22, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
The Pun Gents
@pungents
I refuse to make my own sandwich. I rely on sub contractors.
9:48 PM · Jan 26, 2022·Pun Gents

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/BXCellent March 4, 2022
My doctor told me not to make sandwiches myself any more ...
... so I hired a sub contractor.

(Trademark)
Word Mark SUB CONTRACTOR
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: restaurant. FIRST USE: 19880400. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19880400
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 02.01.31 - Men, stylized, including men depicted in caricature form
05.11.02 - Garlic; Leeks; Onions, leaks, spring onions; Scallions
05.11.03 - Cabbages, lettuce; Lettuce
05.11.04 - Tomatoes
05.11.25 - Artichokes; Asparagus; Broccoli; Celery; Other vegetables; Turnips
08.05.03 - Hero (sandwich); Hoagies (sandwich); Submarine, hero, or other sandwiches on an elongated roll
08.11.04 - Deli meats; Luncheon meats (sliced); Meat, deli
14.07.25 - Aerators, soil, non-motorized; Garden equipment, spreaders (non-motorized); Grass seeders
14.09.01 - Ladders, step (triangular shaped); Stepladder; Stepladder
Serial Number 75142321
Filing Date July 30, 1996
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) Chandler, Ron INDIVIDUAL 1420 Los Angeles Avenue Simi Valley CALIFORNIA 930652848
(APPLICANT) Chandler, Brad INDIVIDUAL 1420 Los Angeles Avenue Simi Valley CALIFORNIA 930652848
(APPLICANT) Mitchell, Maria INDIVIDUAL 1420 Los Angeles Avenue Simi Valley CALIFORNIA 930652848
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date July 29, 1997

(Trademark)
Word Mark SUB CONTRACTORS BUILD YOUR OWN SUB
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 030. US 046. G & S: submarine sandwiches. FIRST USE: 19940209. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19940209
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 08.05.03 - Hero (sandwich); Hoagies (sandwich); Submarine, hero, or other sandwiches on an elongated roll
26.05.02 - Plain single line triangles; Triangles, plain single line
Serial Number 74516478
Filing Date April 25, 1994
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition April 25, 1995
Registration Number 1905800
Registration Date July 18, 1995
Owner (REGISTRANT) SUB CONTRACTORS, INC. CORPORATION GEORGIA 4388 Laurian Drive Kennesaw GEORGIA 30144
Attorney of Record Clayton O. Carmack
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “BUILD YOUR OWN SUB” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date July 20, 2002

(Trademark)
Word Mark RAMMY’S SUB CONTRACTORS
Goods and Services IC 043. US 100 101. G & S: Restaurant services. FIRST USE: 19980421. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19980421
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 08.05.03 - Hero (sandwich); Hoagies (sandwich); Submarine, hero, or other sandwiches on an elongated roll
26.03.08 - Letters, numerals or punctuation forming the perimeter of an oval or bordering the perimeter of an oval; Ovals having letters or numerals as a border; Ovals having punctuation as a border
Serial Number 78311822
Filing Date October 9, 2003
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition July 20, 2004
Registration Number 2893516
Registration Date October 12, 2004
Owner (REGISTRANT) Rammy’s Sub Contractors, Inc. CORPORATION ILLINOIS 834 S. Wheeling Road Wheeling ILLINOIS 60090
Attorney of Record Brent E. Ohlmann
Description of Mark Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark.
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20131018.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20131018
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Friday, March 04, 2022 • Permalink