Dana Saunders of Vassalboro opened Sandy’s Saloon at 47 Wardwell Road in Orland in honor of his late wife. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Saloon honors memory of owner’s late wife

ORLAND — A Vassalboro man has opened a restaurant and bar, Sandy’s Saloon, in memory of his late wife, Sandy.

Dana Saunders opened the saloon, which offers a full bar as well as bar fare, at 47 Wardwell Road, near the intersection of Route 1, July 1.

Saunders is no stranger to running his own business. He owns SCS Inc., which installs cables for computers and telephones.

However, Sandy’s is Saunders’ first restaurant.

“I had no idea about this business,” Saunders said.

“Stick with what you know,” he quipped.

Saunders, who is originally from the Orland area, had initially planned to open a small bar.

“It just kind of evolved,” Saunders said. “It grew and it turned into this.”

Now, he has a 2,880-square-foot establishment with a full bar serving dinner several nights a week. There are burgers, pizza, nachos, tacos, salad and sandwiches, to name a few items.

Partygoers can also rent half of the saloon for events and gatherings. Saunders’ sister, Robin Wardwell, handles the rental end of the business with Saunders’ two grown daughters. If you’re planning a class reunion or a birthday party or a shower, give Wardwell a call.

“We offer the food and the bar service,” she said.

There is a patio for outside dining and drinking as well as a lawn for cornhole games.

Sandy’s has karaoke nights, trivia nights, TVs for watching the game on Sundays and a 1920 player piano, which Saunders found on eBay.

Oak Ridge Custom Construction built the facility. Saunders said he had a lot of help from family and friends. Saunders built the tabletops as well as the expansive bar from wood on family land.

Wardwell took over decorating the bathroom and found a toilet paper holder shaped like a tiny saddle.

Business is good.

“It’s been very busy,” said Saunders.

“Getting good help has been an issue and food supply too,” Wardwell said.

A framed photo of the late Sandy Saunders greets guests who come in through the saloon doors.

“She passed two years ago,” Wardwell said. “She was 50. She had a rare, rare disease.”

For more information about Sandy’s Saloon, there is a website, sandyssaloon.com, and an active Facebook page with the same name.

Hours vary depending on the day. Right now, the saloon is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. The saloon is closed on Wednesdays.

Jennifer Osborn

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