Sandbar celebrates one year |

Sandbar celebrates one year

Cassie Pence
Vail Daily/Preston UtleyThe staff at the Sandbar in West Vail.

WEST VAIL – The Sandbar, which is known to host live entertainment almost every day of the week. The bar and grill is located in West Vail next to Gart Sports.

The Sandbar, which was previously Half Moon Saloon and before that the Jackalope, was opened by Eric Leitstein and Joe Longo, who own two other Sandbars in San Diego and Coconut Grove, Fla., last summer. Snowboarding here for years, Leitstein and Longo seized the opportunity to own a bar in one of their favorite places in the world. The owners refer to the Vail Valley as “Pleasantville,” and share the same sentiment about the valley as longtime locals. When they opened it last summer, they totally revamped the place, transforming the somewhat dark and dingy bar into a watering hole you might find near a beach: light wood tables and chairs, sand-colored floor, barn wood and red brick covered walls, fish and a surfboard adornments. Mark Phelps, general contractor and visionary for the new look, Jason Barber, Tony Eisel and Dennis Lavezzi can also take credit for the rebuilding.The new look didn’t scare away any of the bar stool fixtures; you can find the same locals at the Sandbar sipping suds as you did the Half Moon or JackalopeFor more information about the Sandbar, call (970) 476-4314 or e-mail birthday, Sandbar

For more infromation, call (970) 476-4314Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or, Colorado

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