New owner stays true to classic sandwiches and transforms Sub Station II into Caroline’s Deli

By Pamela Brownstein
Fans of the former Sub Station II on Lady’s Island will be glad to know that the quality food they’ve come to expect will still be available at Caroline’s Deli.
Owner John Colquhoun, who recently bought the restaurant, said the menu will basically stay the same with only a few small changes. The focus will remain on the subs, salads and sandwiches made with fresh ingredients, such as meat and cheese cut to order.
John does plan to feature homemade desserts, daily specials, and party subs and party trays are available for catering.

The #13 with salami, cheese, pepperoni, ham, lettuce, tomato and jalapeños.

One big change will be the look of the dining area. John said there will be a complete makeover, including new floors, baseboards, paint, doors, a new logo, updated menus and more. On the walls, beautifully framed prints of the holes at Harbour Town Golf Course enhance the new decor.
A native Beaufortonian, John is part of the Sams family, which has been here for nearly 200 years and is the name behind Sams Point Road on Lady’s Island. The family also owned a home on The Point that burned in the fire of 1907, and now all that remains are the “9 steps to nowhere,” which are a popular attraction during the CAPA Ghost Tours.
John has a background in culinary arts and food service management. He’s been working in the food and beverage industry since he was 19. Although in recent years he has been limited by arthritis and fibromyalgia, now he is glad to be back and ready to take Caroline’s Deli to the next level.
The Lunch Bunch was only four (and a half, if you include baby Wolfe) but we were hungry. Elizabeth ordered #13 with ham, cheese, salami and pepperoni and she added mustard and jalapeños. I ordered

The #3 ham, salami and cheese with lettuce, tomato, onion oil, vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.

#3 with ham, salami and cheese. We both had our sandwiches “all the way” which includes lettuce, tomatoes, onion, oil, vinegar, oregano and salt and pepper.
Kim and David both ordered the steak and cheese sandwich, #24. We all chose the sweet wheat roll — which is really good bread — and rounded out our meals with chips and a drink.
John named the deli after his daughter, Caroline. She lives in Florida, and he said he can’t wait for her to visit so he can see the look on her face when she sees the sign for the first time because it will be a big surprise. What a great dad!
Caroline’s Deli is located in Lady’s Island Shopping Center, 102 Sea Island Parkway, Lady’s Island. Call 525-1520.

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