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Meet Sandy Hanshaw of The Wine Pub and Coffee Hub in Point Loma

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandy Hanshaw.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Eight years ago, I opened The Wine Pub, a wine bar and restaurant. It was my first restaurant. My career was spent in Hotel Sales mostly, but I had been studying wine since graduating from UNLV in 1988. I knew that I wanted to have a business that included my passion for wine, but wasn’t sure what that may look like. In 2009, I was laid off from the hotel industry due to the recession. This was when I took the opportunity to follow my passion. Many things have changed since then at The Wine Pub, like the menu, wine offerings, and staff, but, at the same time, many have stayed the same. The Wine Pub still features small, family owned wines.

The food menu has grown, but very organically. And a few of our servers that were with us in the early years are still there.

With seven years under my belt, I thought it was time for a new project and that’s where the Coffee Hub was born. Sharing the kitchen with The Wine Pub seemed to only make sense. By living only a few blocks away, we knew there was a need for a good breakfast and coffee place for locals and tourists to enjoy, very similar in concept to The Wine Pub. With my husband’s passion for cycling, we decided to bring in that theme. It is a fun place to spend your morning, checking out the bikecentric interior, enjoying a delicious locally roasted cup of coffee, and eating freshly made, amazing food.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth road, what’s that? I think anytime you get out of your comfort zone, it offers opportunities to go four wheeling on a dirt road to see what’s at the end of it.

The restaurant business is challenging in many areas. I think with The Wine Pub, I have tried a lot of things, but I always come back to our mission statement and core values to stay focused on what we do best.

With the Coffee Hub only opened since February, I am still learning what the challenges are, but HR is definitely one of them. You have to find the right people that customers want to keep coming back to. It’s a different mindset to start someone’s day or end it. The people component is the same at The Wine Pub, but I’m lucky because I have staff that have been there for years. I hope the same will be true at Coffee Hub, I think I’ve got the right team in place for that to happen.

The Wine Pub and Coffee Hub – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Wine Pub is a small, family owned restaurant and wine bar. We specialize in artisanal food and smaller winemakers for our wine selection. We have been referred to as the ‘Cheers’ bar of Point Loma, where friends get together or meet up on a Friday night to catch up on the week. We have a beautiful outdoor dog friendly patio with heaters and a fireplace. I am most proud of our philanthropic work that we’ve done. I use the business to make my voice heard more than I could as an individual. Every Wednesday, we celebrate Woofer Wednesday where we donate 10% of your check if you bring in your dog and dine on our patio. We’ve done this since opening 8 years ago so we have made quite an impact with animal non-profits, each year donating to a different charity. We also hold an annual fundraiser to benefit Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. As a four year breast cancer survivor, I decided it was an important thing in my life to pay it forward. We’ve donated over $30,000 in five years since its inception.

Coffee Hub & Cafe is a restaurant with breakfast, lunch and locally roasted coffee, with a fun bicycle theme. The uniqueness of this restaurant is that cycling is a big part of our family’s life. My husband Andy is the Executive Director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and is an avid cyclist for pleasure and commuting. We get out on our tandem most weekends enjoying our neighborhood. The food at Coffee Hub is similar to The Wine Pub, very organic and artisanal in style with a creative flair. Coffee Hub has already become a place for people to gather, both locals and tourists alike.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, there are many definitions of success. Since we’ve had our doors open for over 8 years, that is a sign of success. Time in the market shows financial success. Expansion also shows financial success. But personally, many days, success to me is walking into either restaurant and watching people enjoy what they’re eating or drinking. At the same time, connecting with others in a friendly environment.

Pricing:

  • Coffee Hub & Cafe, breakfast and lunch from $6
  • The Wine Pub, appetizers and dinner from $7
  • Happy Hour every day at The Wine Pub from 4-6 pm with $5 wine and beer specials, as well as appetizers

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