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Landre's Sports Bar & Grill to Close May 19

The much loved independent and locally owned Santee restaurant announces they're closing.

After two years in operation Landre's Sports Bar & Grill recently announced on their Facebook page that the restaurant will be closing on May 19.

The locally owned, independently operated restaurant and bar, serves a wide range of food, from burgers, nachos and pasta, to Sunday brunch and is decorated with Santee and San Diego sports memorabilia. They are a huge supporter of Santee youth and adult sports, including the Surge women's football team, which plays at Santana High School.

This may not be the last we see of Landre Malone, owner and operator. In his closing announcement he said to "keep an eye out for a smaller version of Landre's Down the road."

Over 50 comments on the closing announcement included a lot of sad faces and bummed out regulars, like this comment:

"This truly made my heart sink when I read this. Landre's is an amazing place with an amazing staff. It just felt like home every time I walked through the door."

Here's the gist of their Facebook post:

"Yes it is true May 19th will be our last day of business here.. I want to take a minute to thank everyone from our Amazing Staff who we have already lined jobs up for most of them to our Amazing Guests who have stuck with us all the way...We are giong out in Style as we came in Kicking and Screaming with one hell of a ride. We will be running some of your favorite Specials all week long"

"Thank You for all of your Support over the last 2 years...Keep an eye out for a smaller version of Landre's Down the road...See You Soon...And remember when you shop at a mom and pop place you are not fueling a corprate jet or helping buy a summer home for some suit..you are helping a family buy soccer cleats or ballet shoes..We will miss you all.."

Read more and leave a comment at Landre's Facebook page

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LEE WANALISTA May 10, 2013 at 08:52 PM
So sad to hear another locally owned place closing. Come on Santee support your neighbors instead of the big corp chains.
chbunch May 11, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Best owner I've met in a local establishment. I'm sad to see them go, I really do hope they open in a better/smaller location with more visibility. I'll be keeping an eye out for a new place. Good luck Landre!
Rob May 11, 2013 at 08:58 AM
Not surprised. More competition in town and the location has had many restaurant failures.
Big Daddy May 11, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Agree Rob. That little strip area is a horrible location. Which is odd considering it is between a Walmart and Costco. I can't tell you the last time I had any need to go into that little area. That whole area can be a pain to get in and out of. All of Santee business would benefit from connecting the Mast Blvd extension to Lakeside, the road next to the post office to the back of the Walmart parking lot and connecting Magnolia to Cuyamaca via Town Center Prkwy. Maybe with the new tax money form HD Supply and the prospect of a new megaplex movie theatre, we can finally get that done.
steve guthauser May 11, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Sad to see all of the locally owned places with such good food and management fall to the chain stores with no roots to Santee. Already hearing about wild wing and their hassle with the police about wearing their firearms in for lunch.
SD-Tom May 11, 2013 at 05:54 PM
We went to Landre's twice. We thought maybe the first time was an anomaly of fail so we tried once more. We really wanted to like the place for more than just a bunch of sports souvenirs nailed up on the walls. Both times the food was awful and the service was dismal. And despite actually going as far as complaining about the food -- no recompense of any sort was ever offered either time. Not even a measly percentage off the tab. The 'Chef' surely did love him/her some cheap boil-in-bag and microwave. Nothing special at all. I think the waitresses were all there against their will too. It sure seemed like it. What a bunch of sourpusses. Welfare to Work maybe? Oh - wait - government did away with that. Just poor attitudes and being loathsome of serving others must have been it then. 'But they have a good selection of beer' -- *whoopty-friggin-doo*. Buffalo Wild Wings half a block down the street killed Landre's. I knew it would. It's been standing-in-line outside for 40 minutes+ to get a seat practically every single evening since they opened while the front of Landre's has been puh-lenty of open parking. Wild Wing's food is pretty darn awful as well. Except the wings. Darn good wings. But their plethora of young, hot, energetic and eager to please little waitresses kind of make up for it. Oh -- and they too have a 'good selection of beer'. So there's that. Buh bye, Landre's. We hardly knew ye. Just glad we didn't get ptomaine or something else...
Circus Freak May 11, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Everyone complains that we don't support our local establishments...tired of hearing that. I went to Landres ONCE...wasn't impressed at all. Try wowing people, instead of being mediocre. Here is a local establishment flourishing...DOMO SUSHI! Local, packed 24/7, because it's good food and the waitresses are happy and work their asses off....so don't say big businesses took your business....you let it slip.
Charlie Ringer May 12, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I have to agree with SD -Tom, we had a very similar experience at Landre's . I don't want to beat a dead horse, the closing is evidence enough !
Retha Knight May 12, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Hate to say it, but my experience at Landres was very similar to SD-Tom's and we never went back. Santee does support local business, if the service and food is worth going back for. If you are going to get repeat customers you had better remember to provide quality food and service,
Santee Vu May 12, 2013 at 05:20 AM
@ SD Tom and the rest who followed. Have you ever had a dream and made that dream happen? Landre did that and worked hard for it. A lot of the big chains in Santee have crappy food and crappier service but we continue to frequent them because nowadays people don't expect a lot from their dining experience. I am a manager in one of those corporate chains and I will tell you I frequently went to Landres because I choose to support my local business. Sometimes the service was slow but no slower then Mimi's or Olive Garden. The food IS way better then Buffalo Wild Wings but we over look that fact because it is "Buffalo Wild Wings" And believe me they are using their microwaves just as much. We can agree to disagree on these points but I do feel the need to say one more thing. The restaurant is closing. Do you think the things you have mentioned have not been thought of already? As SD Tom said 'hardly knew ya', well I do know them and they are the sweetest family you will ever know. They have 2 young girls are just trying to live their dream. Let them enjoy their last weeks without all the negativity. I am sure it is hard enough. This is not a corporation, they are real people who live in our small community and they are good people. Leave your crappy comments to yourself.
Family Guy May 12, 2013 at 03:02 PM
I Love the whole kick a guy thing when he is down attitude here some of you have going. Let me shed a little light on the haters. Landre's took a lot of pride in the community sponsoring everything from Little League Baseball, Girls Softball, Both the High School Football Programs, Men's & Women's Softball teams out at the Sports Plex as well as the San Diego Surge. They always had a banner up somewhere in town on one of the fields that your kids play at or that your friends played at. Everytime someone went and asked they did what they could to help out your son or daughter or grandkids. They are one of the last mom and pop places in town that actually cared about what was going on. Landre would tell me about the how the Yelp Reviews made him rethink things as he read them all and they hit home with him how many of the reviews do you think Corprate really reads my guess is ZERO. We talked with Kayla our favorite bartender last night about everything that is going on and what she was going to do. She told us that not only would she be there until the very end but Landre has already set her up at another job starting the day after they close up Landre's. She told us not only did he find her a job but he already has about 90% of the remaining staff jobs as well. He must be doing something right if they all want to stay to the bitter end with him. Good Luck Landre we will see you soon.
Mark R. May 12, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I've went to Landre's maybe four or five time. Found the service slow and the food not worth the wait. I try to shop local if I can, that's why I went back so many times. I don't think you can blame the location, if the food is good, people will find it.
Michael Duell May 12, 2013 at 08:48 PM
My family and I went to Landre’s about a half dozen times and we just never really received a quality eating experience we expected. Sometimes was good, but the service was terrible and vice versa. We kept giving them another try hoping they would have corrected the problem areas, but sadly, they never were able to get things on track. Looking back, Landre’s failure was due to poor execution in both food and service which are the only two areas that really matter in the food service industry. The opening of corporate franchise restaurants was only the final piece of the sad puzzle that ended this Landre’s. I hope Landre’s finds a new place – the Albertson’s shopping center could use a sports bar. I would love to give them another try.
mike May 13, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I really try to support local businesses in Santee but Landre's made it awfully hard to do so. I went about 6 times, all with bad service, wrong/bad food, wrong beer, all at high prices. I kept going back like a battered woman. The last time I went it was a medium busy night, 3 girls waiting to seat us, sat down... 15 minutes later no drinks, etc offered so we left and went to Rubios. All this crap about a bad location? People will travel, deal with small parking lots and more if the service, food and experience is worth it. Heck we used to drive all the way to Point Loma and wait in line for 45 minutes for Phil's (before we got spoiled :D )
Ron Kinkade May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM
The Yelp reviews don't lie. Landre's just wasn't able to execute and couldn't provide a better alternative to what the public wanted.

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