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After six years working at the Subway in Cleveland Park (3520 Connecticut Ave. NW), you’d think manager Uma Mali would get sick of the airy bread, the pressed meats, the sliced cukes. But no. “I eat it every day. I never get tired of the sandwiches,” she says.
Today it was the veggie burger: “I like it. Some people don’t.” Her favorite is turkey with bacon. She’s tried all of them. Even the Big Philly Cheesesteak, which looks, even in the photograph in her shop, a bit lacking.
Her boss, the franchisee, has a loyalist on the payroll for sure, although he initally wanted to hire her husband. “He [my husband] worked for him in Virginia and when he was going to open this one, he called my husband. But my husband had a job” (he works as a cook at a Marriott). Before Eating Fresh full-time, Mali mostly babysat. She commutes from Gaithersburg and works 50 hours a week. She has two boys, 16 and 12. Like Georgetown sandwich artist Shuva Sharma, Mali is originally from Nepal. “People know people,” she says about the Nepalese domination of Subway franchises in D.C. Unlike Shuva Sharma, she allowed her picture to be taken.