Cabana Jacks closing

Downtown Sandusky bar to become restaurant.
Melissa Topey
Jan 30, 2014


After 12 years at Columbus Avenue and Market Streets, Cabana Jacks is saying goodbye to downtown Sandusky.

“My wife Donna and I would like to thank everyone for patronizing us,” said owner Danny Sharp.

The building that houses Cabana Jacks — the old Jupiter store and later Bourbon Street, is being sold, Sharp said. Kha Bui, who used to help operate his family’srestaurant, Mekong, on Milan Road, is ready to set out on his own. He bought the building at 202 Columbus Ave. and plans to spend about six months remodeling before opening a new restaurant.

“We knew 12 years ago we were at the mercy of a landlord” Sharp said.

Sharp said he never had plans to buy the old building, and he has no regrets.

“I have met so many people and have seen it all. It’s been a great run,” Sharp said.    

The couple will take a break from being business owners until at least May before they even think about opening another business. If they do decide to open another bar, it will have a different theme from the vibe of Cabana Jacks, Sharp said. This weekend is the biggest, best and last party with everyone, and especially for former Cabana Jacks employees, one last time, to share memories, he said.

Friday’s happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. with free hors d’oeuvres. Some fan favorites will be on hand this weekend to send Cabana Jacks out. D.J. Randy will be on hand and doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. the Treater Sweet band takes the big stage. “They have a heck of a singer,” Sharp said. Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Armstrong Bearcat, a three-piece band well known on the islands, performs. Then the Super Bowl will be on all of the bar televisions.

There will be draft beer specials and half-off all mixed drinks.

After the game, the entertainment will continue with karaoke with Johnny R.



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pigeon farmer

This is terrible. I love Cabana Jacks. Good luck Fu Boy & Donna. Russy Russy Russy

The Bizness

Cabana jacks never met its full potential. Always looked dusty and ran down.

Good luck for the future.


"Cabana jacks never met its full potential."

How would you know? Have you looked over their books? Since the owners don't have to even think about their livelihood until May, and at that point they're not ruling out capitalizing a new business, I'd say it exceeded its potential. It was profitable enough for them to be sitting pretty after the loss of their lease.

"Always looked dusty and ran down."

So what? Apparently, that's caused no shortage of paying customers willing to put the owners in a very enviable position.

You DO understand what the purpose of a business is, don't you?

Hollie Newton

Mekong spring rolls in downtown Sandusky!!! Yeah!!!!

Model Citizen

I want to hear more about this new restaurant. Is it going to be a Mekong clone or something a little different? Nothing wrong with Mekong, I love them and the current mix downtown with J-Bistro, The Zinc and company and the Water Street Grill is great. Want to see that mix expand.

T. A. Schwanger


Best for the future for you and Donna from T Gar.


Good luck Donna and Dan on your future endeavors. We will miss Saturday drafts, pizza, and football. Hopefully another venue is in the future.


Lotsa memories there, some good and some bad. I hope they open a nice food and drink place similar to that of Cameo, or something in that order. Keep out the live entertainment, and DJ's. Nothing against either, but it seems that they are a recipe for drunks, and fights. Good luck to both Dan Sharp's, as I hear the East Side is closing too.

looking around

Donna and Dan were on the forefront of establishing business downtown entertaining patrons with great music and food during every in season event as well as the dead winter months. They provided a corner stone for other business ventures downtown promoting the continuation of development. Sandusky will remain indebted for their ongoing support.

I wish them well in future endeavors.

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The Hero Zone

Fare thee well, neighbors. I was happy sending business your way!

We look forward to Mr. Bui's presence across the street. If we can help your business vision at all, stop in and let's talk as I may very well be sending business your way too!


Good luck Dan and Donna


I liked going down there before I moved to Ky and am sorry to hear of them closing., the only thing that really bothered me was that they had to many people in there with no money and just taken up space and Bumming of others , that made it bad for the other payers as well as the owners . I am a believor should have money to apy for yourself and if not you should not be in there and bumming off the others .