By Molly Moser
Guttenberg staple Doug’s Steakhouse is no longer. After over four decades of serving drinks and meals under the first name of local entrepreneur Doug Geuder, the restaurant is, believe it or not, going back to even deeper roots.
A branch of the Sadewasser family opened Sodes Bar and Grill at 7 Schiller Street on Sunday, Oct. 26. “It started upstairs,” smiles Beth (Evers) Sadewasser. “I grew up there.” When Doug’s Steakhouse opened in 1961, Beth’s parents, Betty and Don Evers, owned the building and helped Doug Geuder through the bar’s early years.
With the addition of eight new TVs and the NFL Sunday ticket, the atmosphere has returned to that of a sports bar. “We’re taking it back to what Doug made it – a party bar,” Sadewasser explains. “People would come in off the river and the place would be packed. It’s the kind of place where we’d like to hang out. It’s Sodes. It’s us.”
The menu is laden with sports terminology: The burger blitz, sand wedge sandwiches, a little league menu, and home plate. Customers can order drinks from a list called ‘water boy,’ and a daily ‘play of the day’ will offer special items that aren’t on the menu. “The play of the day offers a new experience, and you’ll never know what it is unless you come in,” says Beth with a grin.