Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The tale of the lost wedding dress

When David Thibault unzipped the unlabelled garment bag and a bit of white lace poked out, he came to the obvious conclusion: "Holy shiznit, it's a wedding dress!"

Sandra & Mike Scharf outside Island Dogs
moments after finding Sandra's dress
Moments before, a couple of tourists came into Island Dogs Tuesday afternoon where Thibault is general manager, lugging the bag. It had fallen off the back of a truck on Front Street just outside the bar and into the street, they said.

"At first I didn't know what to do, but I knew someone had to know who the owners of the dress were," Thibault said.

So he took his hunt to social media.

"Everyone who is following us please retweet. Someone's wedding dress fell off a truck in front of Island Dogs. It's at the bar. Hanging up!" Thibault tweeted.

Then he updated Island Dogs' Facebook status: "Someone's wedding dress just fell off a truck in front of Island Dogs! Not sure if this will work, but if any of you know of a bride looking for her dress, we have it at Island Dogs."

It was an instant sensation among the bar's fans. And work it did.

Just a few hours later, newlyweds Mike and Sandra Scharf walked worriedly into The Rum Barrel across the street, carrying their toddler, with a note offering a $500 reward for the missing dress. (Coincidentally, former Philly 76ers president Pat Croce has interests in both bars.)

"I said, 'I know exactly where your wedding dress is! It's in that bar over there," said Rum Barrel server Julie Lynch, who had seen Island Dogs' Facebook status update that morning.

The Scharfs had been on their way out of the Keys on their return drive from their honeymoon in Key West when they realized the dress was missing, Thibault said. Sandra Scharf cried with happiness and tried to pay out a reward, but he refused.

"Next thing I know, they're snapping pics outside Island Dogs with the dress," Lynch said. "They stopped and kissed and then they were on their way."

"Just because of Facebook, this couple we'd never met was able to find us and find their dress," Thibault said. "That's the power of social media!"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Featured Drink: Bloody, bloody Mary

Yes, we're featuring an alcoholic beverage two weeks in a row! Any complaints? Didn't think so. :-)

Introducing... *drum roll* the Island Dogs Bloody Mary:

Photo from untapped new york
Absolut Citron
Two Shrimp
Lemon & Lime
A Celery Stalk.
Add a Little Spice; try it with Absolut Peppar

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Featured Drink: Orange Crush

This week's featured drink is Orange Crush, made with none other than 4 Orange Vodka, the world's first vodka made with Florida orange. (Gotta support good ole Fla., right?)

Here's what you need to try Orange Crush at home:

4 Orange Vodka (doh!)
Muddled Mint
A splash of soda

How strong it is will all depend on your palate (or tolerance level). Mix and enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

GO NOLES! Island Dogs hosts Somo Seminole Club this season

This badass photo courtesy
the Somo Seminole Club
Facebook fan page. Go like!
Starting next month, Island Dogs will be the host of the Southernmost (FSU) Seminole Club this season. So start planning your action-packed football weekends now! (Here's the 2011 FSU Football Schedule.)

Catch all the FSU games in HD, full volume every Saturday with our famous Island Dogs munchies and awesome drink specials for all fan club members.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Island Dogs Featured Artist: George Victory

George Victory brings some of the best world beats from Africa and the Caribbean, playing everything from Reggae, Funk, and Soca to Classic Soul.

Victory is an internationally known guitarist and vocalist from Trinidad, who has opened for Paul Simon and The Commodores. He has had two gold albums, played for the King of Morocco, at the Copa Cabana, and more.

George Victory performs at Island Dogs on Saturday night (August 6) at 8 p.m. til midnight, and again on August 13 and 27. Be there or be bitten!