It was feast or famine for Payson Quizno's franchise owner, Jim Brady, who closed his sandwich shop in December.
"We do terrific in the summertime, but during the winter it's dog eat dog," he said. "We were making a profit only 50 percent of the time, and you need to make a profit 100 percent of the time."
The owner of four other Quizno's franchises in the Valley, Brady said he considered closing up his shop a year ago, but his love of Payson and his appreciation for its people staved off the closure.
Then a location across the street from the new Mesa Art Center opened up.
"We were reluctant to do this, and the opportunity came up in Mesa and we took it," he said.
Meanwhile, the county health department has posted a notice on the front door of the establishment. Bob Elliott, an environmental health specialist for the department, said the posting is no cause for alarm.
"What we do when a business closes without telling us, and we find out about it, is we put a sign on it so somebody else doesn't open another restaurant without contacting the health department," Elliott said. "Those are the rules."