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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.

Bob V. February 14, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Kathy, if your problem is with businesses encouraging minors to be in an establishment where alcohol is served... Then you must have a problem with Chili's,Roadhouse,Oggi's, Olive Garden,et al.Those businesses in their ads promote a family atmosphere,and that is what I believe Landre's is looking to do also.
Kathy February 14, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I always say "choose your battles wisely", Corporate America is just not one to choose, wisely. Let's just wait and see how well this business does. If it is not, what I think it will end up being, then I will be the first to return to this board and admit I am wrong. Santee residents hold their retailers, restaurants and bars to high standards, that is why so many have failed, especially restaurants. Santee is a family community and I work to ensure that it remains as a family community.
Jay February 14, 2011 at 06:14 PM
I say give this place a chance. I think the "Penalty Box" idea sounds great as long as the games aren't lame. I'd love another place to take the kids to have fun while watching the game. My 'Yelp' fingers are waiting...
Jeff February 16, 2011 at 01:40 PM
I look forward to trying the new place out when it opens but my girlfriend and I were kind of hoping it would be a "Cici's Pizza" or "Golden Corrall" restaurant as were tired of seeing the commercials on TV and not having a location close to go to?
Tammy February 18, 2011 at 12:51 AM
@Matt, This isn't to debate the need for the restaurant/bar but to comment on the parents and drinking. I have been to many team parties and seen that happening. I don't do it and rarely drink in front of my kids or drink at all, but have seen other parents do it many times. I have been to the little league fields for the end of the season parties and seen coaches and parents with beers in their coolers and thinking they are being sly by pouring them into their red cups. I have seen jello shooters brought to team parties for tail gating at Padre games and parties held at places like Round Table where the parents regularly order pitchers of beer. Also have seen parents bring drinks in their "coffee" mugs. It's out there. If you haven't seen it you have been on some very clean teams or maybe your kids haven't been playing that long. Personally I think it's wrong, but I don't get to control what others do.
Alzado February 21, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Alright just what we need a bar that is " Raider Friendly" I heard the guy is a Raider fan! I am apalled!
Suzie Creamcheese February 21, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Alzado....I heard the same thing! Just what we need in our little village....Raider fans!!! What would Don Coryell think????. Hide the wimins an chillrins!!!! How Ghetto! I miss the crab legs the Chinese offered..... Oh well, I surrender! Go Raiders!!
Santee February 21, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Lets face it, The restraunt business is a tough nut to crack. To be successful you have to be unique or have a hella menu. Time will tell if this place even makes it for a year. Good luck to them . But I have to admit, I did love the Chinese Buffet and will miss it. But like Fung Garden buffet that used to be next door to the Boll Weevel they tanked, and so did Boll Weevel in Santee. Happy Trails!
Vito Lotta March 04, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Maybe one is coming soon, hint hint
Pat March 13, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Uh, no Kathy, I was raised in this town, and lived all my life here. I recognize it is a Family Community, but it isn't just limited to that. And on the flip side of that coin, I will do whatever I need to make sure people like you aren't making decisions for the rest of us. If you don't want to go to a bar, don't. But don't try to make that decision for the rest of us.
Pat March 13, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Let's hope it isn't 'Raider Friendly.' That tends to attract a ghetto element.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) March 16, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Met with Landre again today, and he answered some questions that have cropped up on this board. The establishment will not be Raiders friendly, but not anti-Raiders either. In regards to the talk about alcohol and bar atmosphere, he emphasized that it's not about the alcohol, they would even go ahead with the project without the liquor license, if they weren't able to get it for some reason. They are carefully selecting a head chef, and have apparently courted some high-end prospects; this should be some good comfort-type food. He says things are going smoothly and an opening in early May is still looking on track.
John Young March 17, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Newsflash! A sports bar and a hole in the wall are not the same. As far as I know there is only one sports bar in Santee (Oggi's), the rest are holes in the wall or actual restaurants.
Kathy March 17, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Definitions of Sports bar on the Web: * A bar (also called a pub, tavern, saloon, beer garden or taproom) is an establishment that serves drinks, especially alcoholic beverages such as beer, liquor, and cocktails, for consumption on the premises. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_bar
Bob V. March 17, 2011 at 04:31 AM
If only you would have clicked the second definition of a Sports bar from the web : A bar catering especially to sports fans and typically containing several televisions and often sports memorabilia. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sports bar
Kathy March 17, 2011 at 07:10 AM
I was trying to help out John Young understand the definition. However, you were so kind to assist me and point out to John, that Chili's would be included. Thank you so much!
John Young March 18, 2011 at 11:43 AM
The last time I checked Chili's does not cater specifically to sports fans. Like I said before, the rest are all holes in the wall. And if you have an OCD issue with Sports Bars I suggest you make an appointment with a comfy couch and a soothing talker to calm you down a bit. Don't Hate the Drink, Hate the Drunk. If you check out the Chili's website and see what they are about you might change your mind. http://www.chilis.com/EN/aboutchilis/Pages/ourcommitment.aspx
Kathy March 18, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Thank you John Young for your opinion, we encourage all to comment. I do not agree with your opinion but that is what makes the U.S. a wonderful place to live, Freedom of Speech.
John Young March 19, 2011 at 08:35 PM
You are absolutely right Kathy and thank you for your opinion as well.
Thayes April 07, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I look forward to Landre's mainly because it is not a chain restaurant. In that we already have several places to watch professional sports, I hope Landre's does, as indicated, concentrate on local school sports (all grades) and is a place for families and community. I also hope to see some healthy options on the menu along with the usual hamburgers and pizza. What I would also like to see in Santee would be a non-chain restaurant that isn't just sports oriented, but a place that highlighted all of Santee residents' interests including arts and academics as well as sports by displaying local art, hosting debates, having a small stage for local musicians to perform, etc. I wish Landre's success and will definitely try it when it opens!
Laura April 11, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I'm totally exited about a new sport bar here in this sleepy little one horse town!! Right now there is nowhere (only the common chain restaurants) to go...no really fun happy hours or dancing (except if you're into the line dance thing) here in Santee. Such a downer to have nowhere to go here in town. Really looking forward, and wishing the new owners the best of luck:) Plzzzzz dedicate some TV screens to HOCKEY!! Plzz Plzz Plzz :)
Landre's Sports Bar & Grill April 13, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Time for me to sign in and say hello.. I have been a lurker since Steven took the time to sit down with me for lunch and discuss what Santee has been waiting for. We have hired our Chef and Management team and are currently waiting on our Building permits. We have had a lot of people stop in to see how we are doing and when we are going to open. We are still on track to Open on or around May 13th. While there are a lot of questions to be answered I will answer a few of them now. 1. Yes we are going to have great food Chef Jake has already sat down with us and wrote out the menu. We were very impressed with him when he did his tasting for us, we got what we where looking for "The WOW Factor". 2. Yes we will have micro Beer on Tap we are currently working with Jeff over at Manzanita Brewing Company (Santee Local Beer by a Santee Local) 3. Wine was mentioned yes we will have a nice wine selection we will try and stay Cal Based on our wines but there are some other amazing ones out there. 4. Yes we will be having Happy Hour. 5. Laura yes we will have dedicated TV's for hockey (We will have a Entire wall Dedicated to Hockey. Jason Greenwell who started life in Lakeside who is now playing for Eastern Washington Univ has passed on a Jersey, Goalie Stick and Helmet. Trevor Koenig who was the San Diego Gulls goalie is a great friend of ours has stuff for the walls as well) I will post more as we get closer to out opening. Steven and the Patch folks again Thank you...
Bob V. April 13, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Looking forward to the grand opening !!!
Ellen McGuire April 15, 2011 at 05:41 AM
Can't wait for Landre's to open!!
Brian Thedell April 15, 2011 at 06:17 AM
So yet another bar, to fit in with the liquor stores that seem to be every other block—but medical marijuana dispensaries aren't allowed in Santee? Bogus.
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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