Long-time businessman with strong ties to Espanola passes away

By Rosalind Russell – A former businessman who had strong ties to the community of Espanola has passed away.

Franklin Blair Brown, who called the east coast and Northern Ontario his home, passed away on Christmas Day.

Brown was well known for his Captain Submarine franchises, which he established on the east coast, as well as his flagship in Espanola back in the 1970s.

In the 1980s, he changed the name to Chimo’s and turned the franchise into a successful sit-down restaurant and bar in the Espanola Mall.

When he and his wife returned to Nova Scotia in the mid 1990’s, they continued with their franchise, which still exists at several locations today, as well as overseeing operations in casino restaurants in the province.

He was 79.

Photo: Franklin Blair Brown, who hailed from the east coast but also called Northern Ontario his home, passed away on December 25th following a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Patti. Photo provided

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