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Glendale — Cousins Subs' new Glendale restaurant has a larger space, more seating and a more modern look in its new building at 5333 N. Port Washington Road.

Cousins Subs has been serving sandwiches at the corner of Port Washington Road and Lexington Boulevard for 27 years, but last March, Evo Development demolished the old Cousins building, as well as two buildings at 5321 N. Port Washington Road and 5317 N. Port Washington Road occupied by Acupuncture and Oriental Medical Center, to create a 7,100-square-foot building to be occupied by Cousins Subs, Noodles and Company and another space that is still available for lease.

Cousins opened Jan. 6, and Noodles is expected to open on the north end of the building in summer, said John Holborow of Evo Development.

The 2,370-square-foot Cousins restaurant on the south end of the building is Cousins' first corporate-owned brick-and-mortar restaurant to feature the company's rebranding elements. Cousins plans to remodel all of its restaurants — including more than 70 in the Milwaukee area — to unify the brand.

“We’ve served our quality sub sandwiches at this location for 27 years. Rebuilding at this location was an easy decision due to the amount of traffic and retail options in the area,” said Joe Ferguson, Cousins' vice president of development. “We enjoy serving the people of Glendale and the new development allowed for a larger space with more seating to better meet the needs of our guests.”

As part of a larger company test, the new Glendale restaurant is the first Cousins Subs restaurant to serve Sprecher beer as well as vanilla and chocolate shakes made with Wisconsin-based dairy and toppings. Beer will be stored in a cooler behind the front counter, and will not be available to drive-thru customers. Cousins may roll out shakes and Sprecher beer at other locations, pending test results and feedback from Glendale customers.

Inside, the new 52-seat restaurant has an additional 630 square feet of space and a design that combines natural materials balanced by solid surfaces, stone walls, wood floors, an earth tone color palette and industrial finishes. The new restaurant will also have an assembly line system of sandwich production that will allow customers to customize their sub as they observe their order being made.

The larger parking lot of the new restaurant will also allow a more accessible drive-thru window than the old restaurant.

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