Along with extended Sunday hours, the Dublin Community Recreation Center will soon have another new amenity to offer visitors -- $5 foot-long subs.

Along with extended Sunday hours, the Dublin Community Recreation Center will soon have another new amenity to offer visitors -- $5 foot-long subs.

Dublin City Council last week approved a resolution that will allow Subway to move into the rec center, 5600 Post Road.

This won't be the first time food has been offered at the rec center. Director of recreation services Matt Earman told council a survey of recreation center members brought TehKu Tea Co. to the rec center in November 2007.

"We took a survey of patrons and got overwhelming response," he said.

TehKu closed about 10 months later, citing an "inability to prosper," according to staff reports. But Earman said staff continued to look into other options and Subway was brought on board because it meets criteria requested by recreation center members and staff: quick service, healthy food options and a business with proven success in similar venues.

"We're confident we will be successful in this opportunity," he said.

According to the staff report, Subway will be offered five, two-year lease periods. The restaurant will pay rent of $10,500 for the first year, $12,000 the second year and an automatic 3 percent increase is figured into each subsequent year.

Councilman Richard Gerber asked about the specifics of the lease, such as insurance and taxes, but Earman said those details are taken care of.

"There will be no investment for the city," he told council.

Vice Mayor Cathy Boring also voiced concerns over refrigerator space at the recreation center, but Earman said Subway will bring its own equipment to the site.

City law director Stephen Smith said the contract with Subway is nearly finished and once it is, the restaurant will open in eight to 12 weeks.

Subway will operate during recreation center hours and offer a full menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast items.

Earman said advertising will be limited so the restaurant does not become a destination and draw extra traffic to the recreation center.