Chubb’s Grub Station to open Chelsea location in December

William Cholewinski (center), owner of Chubb's Grub Station, is preparing to open another Chubb's location in Chelsea. Also pictured are Nick Capolupo (far left) and Tommy Cholewinski.

William Cholewinski (center), owner of Chubb’s Grub Station, is preparing to open another Chubb’s location in Chelsea. Also pictured are Nick Capolupo (far left) and Tommy Cholewinski. (Reporter Photo/Emily Sparacino)

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

ALABASTER–Chubb’s Grub Station owner William Cholewinski is looking forward to expanding his Alabaster restaurant’s reach with another location in Shelby County in December.

Another Chubb’s Grub Station will open in a 1,800-square-foot restaurant space adjoining the BP gas station on U.S. 280 across from Winn-Dixie in Chelsea.

“It was the city name that came out of our customers’ mouths more than anything the first year,” Cholewinski said as he explained why he chose Chelsea for his second restaurant. “Honestly, the deal was too good to pass up.”

Located 13 miles from the flagship restaurant in Alabaster, Chubb’s in Chelsea will offer the same menu items, including hamburgers, sandwiches, po-boys and hoagies, wings and tacos.

“We serve all manners of fat-boy food; just good, old-fashioned, stick-to-your-ribs grub,” Cholewinski said. “We have such a variety that if you want something to eat, we’re here for you.”

Cholewinski stressed that Chubb’s serves nothing but freshly cooked food, meaning the wait time for customers could be more than a few minutes.

“We are not a fast food restaurant,” Cholewinski said. “Our average ticket time is 12-17 minutes.”

Cholewinski doesn’t just feed paying customers, however.

Through Chubb’s “Feed the People” initiative, customers receive a free drink each time they bring two non-perishable food items to the restaurant.

Then, Cholewinski matches what his customers donate and gives all food items to an Alabaster food ministry for distribution.

In 2013, Chubb’s provided nearly 10,000 meals to those in need with Feed the People donations.

“This place is not about me or the money in my wallet,” he said. “It’s about the community that we serve. This community chose to feed 5,000 of its own. We’re making it easy for them to make that Christ light shine through them.”

Cholewinski said he is looking for an organization to partner with in Chelsea for Feed the People.

“Our focus is to feed people that can’t afford to be fed,” Cholewinski said. “Hands up, not handouts, is what it’s all about.”

Chubb’s opened in Alabaster in October 2013.

Cholewinski, his uncle Dennis Cholewinski and his partner in Chubb’s, James Schoolar, will operate the Chelsea location.

Nick Capolupo is the general manager at Chelsea and Cholewinski’s managing partner. Nathaniel Cholewinski will be in charge of the front of the house, and Tommy Cholewinski will be the kitchen manager.

A soft opening for Chubb’s in Chelsea is scheduled for Dec. 10, followed by a grand opening Dec. 15.

Chubb’s in Chelsea will be open Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to start with, and will be closed on Sundays.

The address is 16634 U.S. 280 in Chelsea.

For more information, visit Chubbsgrub.com or the Chubb’s Grub Station at Chelsea Facebook page.