If you thought bootlegging happened back in the early 20th century, you should try the Jimmy Johns Bootlegger sandwich! Named after the romanticized era of prohibition, this sandwich is one of the best you’ll ever eat!
And for those of you who don’t know where the term bootlegging came from, it’s the word used for the underground alcohol industry back in the day …………. you know, the day when Americans exhibited a kind of “don’t tread on me” attitude when Washington overreached their authority. Even today there are remnants of the moonshine stills found in the mountains of Appalachia. My grandpa told me all about it ……. how the old coalmine made a great place for …………. oops……. I think I said too much already!
Anyway, going back about 100 years ago, the freewill consumption of alcohol was a big deal on both sides of the issue. So much so that it prompted the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which not only outlawed the sale and consumption of alcohol, but expressly made the sale and consumption of alcohol unconstitutional!
Ratified in 1919, the 18th amendment was repealed in 1933 with the 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution…..so this marks the only time that one amendment was ratified to eliminate an earlier amendment. Democracy in action!
So no, Jimmy Johns is not selling moonshine and the employees swore that they don’t have a still hidden in the kitchen, but they enthusiastically celebrate the rebel nature our country was founded upon. As you can see from the picture, the happy employees at Jimmy Johns in Gahanna.…… just off the intersection of I-270 and Hamilton Road……are there to make your dining experience fun while serving great food!
Stop there and see for yourself!
posted by Steven Cox, owner and founder of Bootstraps 101 (click on the link to check it out)