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About Us

Jane Manieri & John Metacarpa...

opened the Sandbar & Grille in Hatteras Village December 31 1997. With Jane’s mom Linda,and some great friends,  they managed to pull off what seemed impossible,  to open a casual atmosphere restaurant with great food and live entertainment  in nine days.  Originally from NY, Jane & John had been working in another restaurant  nearby for four years, and finally decided they had to branch out on their own, or move back to NY to find a different path.  Well, 24 years later, they’re married, have two great kids, Johnny, 15, and Molly Rose,  born during a nor'easter in 2010, and are about to begin Season 24.  That’s not to say it was easy, because it wasn’t.  On September 18th, 2003, Hurricane Isabel brought her wrath down on Hatteras and took the Sandbar out, completely, leaving nothing behind  but a shell of a building. As well as Jane’s parents home in Frisco.  At the end of their 6th season, they suddenly found themselves without a building, or any of their belongings,  but with a loyal following that just wouldn’t let them quit.


In March 2004...

the Sandbar literally blew up the road and reopened in Buxton, after 7 months of regrouping. The “Comeback Kids” as they became known, had moved into what was formerly Soundside Restaurant, which had an amazing sunset view right on the Pamlico Sound. However, in August of 04, Hurricane Alex came through and took the roof off the building, and once again, they were down for the count. The whole month of August was lost, and Jane & John were beginning to feel like hurricane magnets. Once again, with the help of a great staff and friends, they managed to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Since then, they've incurred the wrath of Earl, Irene, Sandy, and assorted nor'easters. Roads have washed out, roofs have blown off, and our bridge connecting us with the mainland needs to be replaced in the worst way. (Update - we got our bridge!!)