Third Annual Rocky Horror Party Bus

On Friday night the Sandbar hosted our third annual Rocky Horror Picture Show party bus extravaganza. We filled a school bus with fun people from the Sandbar, picked up more fun party people in Baldwin and headed for Ottawa.

Our first stop after we picked up a few people at the Lodge in Baldwin City was Dunn's Landing, a working farm outside of Baldwin. Our friends Robin and Kirsten decorated their barn with festive Halloween decor and treated all of us to chili. When everyone was finished eating, we loaded back up on the bus and traveled to Ottawa for the main event.


The party crew outside the barn at Dunn's Landing

The Crystal Plaza Theater in Ottawa has undergone a makeover. Owners Peach, Ted, Teddy and Amelia have added a kitchen and grill, and the lobby area features a small dining area along with a counter and bar stools in the concession area. There's a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches and burgers; and we were particularly amused with the "Happy Endings" section of the menu. It features desserts, silly.

We watched Rocky Horror in the smaller theater, where some of the theater seating was removed to make way for several tables and chairs so patrons can enjoy food while watching the movie.

If you've never been to RHPS, you need to go. It's not the movie itself that is so much fun, but the entire event, especially with the Sandbar crew. And particularly Movie Dave and Scotty Mac, who thoroughly entertained the crowd with their dialogue.


The party crew in the lobby of the Ottawa Crystal Plaza movie theater

After the movie, we loaded back up on the bus and headed home. Many thanks to our awesome bus driver, Jimmy Lee Rose. Anyone who can put up with our group is a rock star! We'll be sure to request him as our driver next time we rent a bus.

Brunch at the Sandbar Sub Shop

Exciting news for early risers and breakfast lovers!

The Sandbar Sub Shop in downtown Ottawa will start serving brunch on Sunday, April 10.

All of your brunch favorites are on the menu:

  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Eggs
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • And Quiche Lorraine, by Chef Isaack

Stop by and see us, and enjoy a great breakfast in a tropical atmosphere!

Premier Spray Tan Studio in Ottawa

We're big fans of Premier Mobile Spray Tan, and not just because it's another Madl business.

Several of the Sandbar girls have tried out the spray tans, and it's very natural looking. We didn't turn orange, and the tan lasted nearly two weeks.

While Premier is still a "mobile" spray tan business, Amelia has opened a by-appointment-only studio in downtown Ottawa above the Sandbar Sub Shop, 127 S. Main.

Grand Opening Special!

On Wednesday and Thursday (March 2 & 3), Premier Spray Tan is hosting its grand opening at the new studio. Get a full body spray tan for just $20!

Call Amelia at 785.393.9583 to book your appointment.

And if you're still not sure, be sure to watch for our float in the St. Patrick's Day parade. We'll be the tannest ones there!

Live Music Fridays at the Sandbar Sub Shop

Starting this Friday, January 21, the Sandbar Sub Shop in downtown Ottawa will feature live music Fridays!

The lovely Katlyn Conroy will kick off the series. She's a fantastic singer/songwriter/musician in Lawrence who also happens to be Peach's niece. She'll start at 6 p.m.

The dinner specials for the evening:

  • Succulent seafood chowder with a side salad of fresh greens, feta, sunflower seeds and garden vegetables for $6.95
  • Slow roasted brisket piled high on a toasted bun with your choice of side for $6.95

After enjoying dinner and the music, head over to the Crystal Plaza Theater and enjoy a special showing of "True Grit" at 8 p.m. Special ticket price for this showing is only $6.

This event is to celebrate the Sub Shop's new live music nights and entertainment choices in downtown Ottawa, and we hope you'll join us!

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Mermaid Costume Police

Awhile back we found ourselves without a mermaid costume for the first time in eight years. We quickly got a new one, but it got us thinking about how many costumes have disappeared over the years. Probably at least 20.

One of the funnier stories about missing costumes involves the ones we actually got back.

Several years ago, some ladies stole several costumes from the Sandbar in Ottawa. A Sandbar family member- I think it was Peach's brother Patrick, if I'm wrong, sorry to whoever's not getting credit here- found out who it was, and heard through the grapevine that these ladies would be at a wedding reception with the costumes.

Patrick played detective (not hard in a small town) and found out when and where the reception was. And he showed up. He walked in to the reception, saw the women all dressed up in the mermaid costumes and promptly demanded them back.

They refused.

That's right, they refused to give back costumes they had stolen from us. Patrick then suggested that he call the local police to settle the matter. The women finally gave in and gave up the costumes.

And that's how we got back at least a couple of our stolen treasures.

(This story is as accurate as I can remember it. Please don't steal our stuff.)

Expanding in & out of Lawrence

The Lawrence Journal-World featured an article the other day about Lawrence businesses expanding outside of Lawrence. Many prominent businesses were profiled, like Johnny’s, Quinton’s and and Ingredient, who have all taken their concept and opened additional restaurants in Kansas City and other places.

We were surprised to see our name mentioned in the article, too! A long time ago, we talked about opening more Sandbars outside of Lawrence. Peach opened one in Ottawa, but then decided to go in a different direction and open sandwich shops instead, calling them Sandbar Sub Shop.

Since she opened the first one several years ago, she’s begun a partnership with the folks at Zarco66 that has included opening Sub Shops inside their gas stations. So far, two franchise locations are open- one in Lawrence on East 23rd Street and the other in Ottawa- and a third one is set to open on 6th Street in Lawrence soon.

It’s fun and exciting to expand a business and take it in a different direction! But don’t worry, we aren’t changing anything about the original Sandbar in downtown Lawrence. Except maybe adding more stuff to our walls.

Read the full LJW article here.

Read past stories about Sandbar Subs here.