Want to Know What Santee's Been Waiting For?

Soon after Panda Garden Buffet closed its doors, mysterious signs appeared on the building: "Santee has been waiting for this ..." Find out what "this" is.

Soon after , mysterious signs appeared on the building that read ""

Specualtions, for what would move in ranged from Outback, to Souplantation to a movie theater (like that would fit in there).

The thing is, Santee may not have known it was waiting for this, but Landre Malone is sure they are.

"I've always known I've wanted to open a sports bar and grill, and Santee needs something like this," said Malone, the new business operator in the old Panda Garden space.

To be completely accurate the banner should probably have read "Landre Malone has been waiting for this ..." because he is downright giddy about this project and has been planning it to some degree for about 10 years.

OK, so maybe all of Santee hasn't been waiting for this, but he deeply identifies himself and his family with Santee, and when you hear him talk about the plans, well, let's just say he's convincing.

Malone, whose favorite sport is baseball (can you tell by the logo?), is excited by the attention the banner has drawn to the building and the new business that is coming in. And so he wanted to give Santee a preview of what's in store.

Malone described the project, Landre's Sports Bar & Grill, as a family-oriented bar and restaurant where you can bring the wife and kids to have dinner but also to watch the game on Sunday.

He said the place will be decorated to the nines: lockers, cleats, Qualcomm seats, sports memorabilia—you get the picture. He also said that they will emphasize the local high school sports teams and colors.

"I think Santee needs more places where teams can come to eat and have fun after a game, and Landre's can be that, especially because it's close to ."

There are three distinct aspects of the new business: the bar, restaurant and arcade areas.

The "Penalty Box," an area separate from the bar and restaurant, will be just for kids and include an arcade with all sorts of entertainment.

Contractors are currently remodeling the space and Malone is interviewing chefs. He is aware that the quality of the food is key.

Tables will have sports cards embedded in them and are being created by a local soccer coach (see media box for photo).

"Want to give back to the community," said Malone. "We're keeping it local."

His wife has lived in Santee most of her life, and he's spent a decade here and isn't planning on going anywhere anytime soon.

Landre's is shooting for a full liquor license, has already been picked in the ABC lotto, and is now going through the approval process. They plan on having liquor, bottled beer and eight taps. Malone said he is fully expecting a fight against the liquor license.

"I have been told there is a group in Santee that protests every new liquor license in town. So we're ready for that."

Malone said he's not looking for the sports bar to be a late night place; weekday hours would likely be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., opening up earlier on the weekends for breakfast.

Malone plans on opening at the end of April or beginning of May.

He said he doesn't think there needs to be fighting among the bars and restaurants in Santee; each one serves its purpose and there is a space open for his project.

Malone hopes Landre's will become a Santee institution, something he, his family and the community will be involved with many years in the future.

BILLIE JO May 11, 2011 at 02:56 AM
I am soooo jazzed, I will be a lunch server for the Malones, everyone come see me, BILLIE JO!
M McCapes May 16, 2011 at 05:15 AM
No Kidding! Why do they run the stupid mouth-watering commercials here? The closest one is in Yuma!
JJG May 19, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Another hockey fan here hoping that some TVs show Kings games. If so, (and the beer is great and the food is decent) this family of 4 will be frequent visitors. Any update?
Landre's Sports Bar & Grill July 27, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Kathy, Well it is time.. We have now been open for a little over 2 months, and Landre's is everything I hoped it would be. We have had everything from little league end of year get togethers to fundraisers for Rady's Childrens Hospital and for the East County U-14 ASA State Champions to goto nationals. I would like to take the time to invite you down for Dinner tonight on me. I will be at the restaurant from 3:30 to close tonight. If you cannot make it down tonight come see me on Friday evening. I would like to meet you and sit down and introduce myself and if my wife and kids are in to introduce you to them as well. Feel free to call me at the restaurant 619-448-0401. Have a great day.
John Q. Public September 15, 2011 at 02:03 PM
HAHA! NEWSFLASH GUYS!!!...OGGIS is not a Sports Bar either, it is a restaurant that has TVs that show sports. The only "TRUE" Sports Bar is the Santee Sports Bar. They are a bar, and they are dedicated to showing sports on the 11 HD flat screens that they have. They have the NFL package too, so you can watch every game on Sundays. And when you sit at the bar, it is wall to wall TVs, set at a very comfortable viewing angle. Have you ever tried to watch sports at OGGIS? My neck is still hurting. And that, is my opinion!


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