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Peppo's History

Peppo’s Subs est.1976

Peppo’s Subs was founded by Jim Peplowski, aka Mr. Peppo. In his youth, Mr. Peppo was an avid motorcycle racer, musician and served honorably in the US Army. He opened Peppo’s Subs when he was 28 years old in Palos Hills, Illinois. Our first location, a mere 550qft, was the Original Palos Hills Police department, directly across from the Firehouse. Service  and patriotism was and is a big part of our history. Robert Peplowski, aka Peppo Jr. is also an Army Veteran, continuing his fathers legacy of service to the country and serving the community. 

Today Peppo’s Subs is an innovative restaurant serving up a unique customer experience through our food and service. GUTS, our signature topping was created in 1977 when Jim and friends were hungry hippies testing sandwich toppings to make the best sandwiches in Chicagoland! We think they nailed it! Through the years we have come to know and love our customers and community. We have grown our company to a thriving family business through hard work, dedicated family, great employees and several generations of wonderful customers. 

We eagerly look to the future generations to carry on our family traditions of “Subs with GUTS”, and service with pride. 

See you soon! 

The Peppo's Subs Brand Statement

Provide the best possible dining experience through our food and service by going above and beyond expectations.

Future Vision

To be the best Sandwich shop in Chicago-land and grow our company with other owner-operators who share our family values of dedicated service and integrity with an appetite to match!


Corporate Team

Founder Mr. Peppo

Mr. Peppo opened Peppo’s Subs July 1, 1976. Although Subs are clearly his forte, Mr. Peppo served in the Army, raced motorcycles and was a Jazz Musician. Mr. Peppo can still be seen in store watching and helping his family do what we have done for almost 50 years. Stop in and say hello! 

Robert Peppo – Peppo Jr

Peppo Jr grew up in the business watching his father’s hard work and dedication flourish. With a successful athletic background, Peppo Jr. carries Peppo’s Subs into the next generation with strength and energy. Robert is an Army Veteran, runs a business focused podcast, and is heavily involved in community networking as a Board member of the Palos Area Chamber of commerce. Robert also coaches and mentors at several local high schools’ business programs focusing on entrepreneurship. Peppo Jr. is leading the business enthusiastically into the next generation with our Franchise system. 


Alexandria has been with Peppo’s for 15+ years and is married to Robert Peppo. She has taken Peppo’s on with a devotion the thriving family business deserves. Alex has experience at every level of the restaurant and her management and is key to our FOH and BOH training and execution. Alex is the glue that holds the operation together and compliments Peppo Jr on his ambition and drive. 


Leandra is the extended family we have embraced and have come to love. She runs our front of the house with energy and personality. Once you’re in, you’ll hear or see Leandra. She is on the floor utilizing her years of customer service and restaurant experience to help carry our legacy on. 


Malcolm Ward is an Army Veteran and served with Peppo Jr. Malcolm has joined the team as Robert Peppo’s right-hand man. Malcolm is young, energetic and ambitious. Malcolm joins the team to grow and support the franchise expansion plans for Peppo’s Subs. With attention to detail and ambition for his own high-end Steakhouse Bar, Malcolm is critical component to our success.