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2011 RCA Winners: Best Happy Hour

Funcoast • May 13, 2015 at 8:42 AM

Cold, frothy brews, delicious deals on appetizers and the most lovable wait and bar staff around. That's what pushed our top three winners to the top. Meet the folks at Cheers, Damon's and Buffalo Wild Wings.

FIRST PLACE: Cheers Sports Bar & Grill

Where: 4314 Milan Rd. #505, Sandusky   

Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Mon.-Sun.

Info: 419-626-4713

Owner/General Manager: Chris Biechele

1.)    What do you think made you a finalist in the Readers’ Choice Awards?

I believe it’s our consistency of food, caliber of our drinks and I have the best staff here that really sets us apart from other places.

2.)    What’s one unique thing about your business (a specific menu item, a special service) that people would be surprised to know you offer?

I try and keep the Happy Hour the best with $3 domestic bottles and I pick a different beer all the time to practically give away at $1.25 each. I’m constantly reading different periodicals and holding dialogues with the drivers of the beer trucks to keep up on what’s new and what’s popular to sell in my bar.

3.)    What’s your favorite thing about the Northcoast Ohio area?

It’s the correlation that this area has to the water; I born and raised on the islands and  

      love to fishing, ice fishing and snowmobiling as often as possible. 

4.)    Besides your own business, what’s your favorite thing to do/place to go in the area?

We like to frequent Cedar Point, the different islands out on the lake, eating out at local eateries and I love the community feel in this town. We all recognize and support one another and I think that’s really important for local businesses to have.

5.)    Do you have anything in particular you’d like to tell the Funcoast.com readers?

Thank you to everyone for their continued support of Cheers. I love how the RCA’s recognize local businesses that are doing a great job. We started out with one to two nominations and have just grown every year. It’s good to see local places get acknowledgement for their services and we will continue to win your votes. 

SECOND PLACE: Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

Where: 814 Crossings Rd., Sandusky  

Hours: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat.

Info: 419-624-9464 or buffalowildwings.com

General Manager: Maurice Rudolph

1.)    What do you think made you a finalist in the Readers’ Choice Awards?

People love our fourteen signature sauces and twenty beers on tap at the bar. We have a relaxed atmosphere where you can bring the family or hang out with friends and big screen TV’s with all the games.

2.)    What’s one unique thing about your business (a specific menu item, a special service) that people would be surprised to know you offer?

We do come out with new menu items every coupe of months to keep things fresh.

3.)    What’s your favorite thing about the Northcoast Ohio area?

I love the summertime here. I’m from Canton so it’s great to see everything come to life with Cedar Point, meeting new people, the islands and lots of fun.

4.)    Besides your own business, what’s your favorite thing to do/place to go in the area?

I love to fish out on the lake. My favorite game to catch is walleye and yellow perch.

5.)    Do you have anything in particular you’d like to tell the Funcoast.com readers?

I just simply want to thank everyone for the nominations and votes for best wings, beer selection and happy hour. Please keep coming in and having a good time.

THIRD PLACE: Damon’s Grill

Where: 701 E. Water St., Sandusky  

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Info: 419-627-2424 or damons.com

General Manager: Daniel Taylor

1.)    What do you think made you a finalist in the Readers’ Choice Awards?

We made it into the RCA’s because our consistency of great food with friendly service and the best waterfront view in town. We also have the best Happy Hour around with half off appetizers, drinks and of course, Gladys.

2.)    What’s one unique thing about your business (a specific menu item, a special service) that people would be surprised to know you offer?

We are well known for our famous BBQ ribs with a special sauce and our prime rib is wonderful with the perfect amount of our house seasoning.

3.)    What’s your favorite thing about the Northcoast Ohio area?

I love all the attractions that this area has to offer, like Cedar Point, all the different marinas, water parks and the island destinations.

4.)    Besides your own business, what’s your favorite thing to do/place to go in the area?

My family and I really enjoy going to all the waterparks and taking the ferry over to Kelley’s and Put-in-Bay islands. Gladys Brennan, beloved bartender, loves riding the Mantis at Cedar Point and watching how uncomfortable all the men that get on look.

5.)    Do you have anything in particular you’d like to tell the Funcoast.com readers?

Damon’s has been serving this area for over 26 years and has no plans to go anywhere. We have a great Happy Hour every weekday from 3 pm to 7 pm, a kid’s menu, renowned BBQ ribs, onion loaf and the perfect view of the bay.

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