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There’s a new Sands in town

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By Robin Scott

     Kamal Babla, owner of the Sands Restaurant on Highway 54, has transformed the restaurant in the year that he has been owner.  One very visible renovation is a sizeable change.  The old “Sands Restaurant” sign in front of the business has come down after 47 years and a new sign has been erected, and its design is one that should last for another 47 years.

    The old sign came down on Thursday, April 30th with some mixed emotions that might be expected when a landmark disappears.  Mr. Babla’s decision to remove the old sign was based on several factors.  He stated, “Our new sign is beautiful, and it accentuates the new western décor of the restaurant.  It will stand on a single pole, which is much more pleasing to look at.”  The outside of the building is getting a makeover as well.  New awnings will skirt the entire building.  Mr. Babla stated, “Patrons of the restaurant will be able to look out and enjoy how the outside appears.  People who are traveling on Highway 54 were not aware that we were open 24-hours.  The new look will make the building more visual with a lot of lighting.”  Mr. Babla’s favorite aspect of the new sign is, “It will bring the style of the building into the new millennium.”  

    Cloys “Boog” Wallace erected the original Sands Restaurant sign in 1962.  Mr. Wallace, who everyone in town knows as Boog, supported Mr. Babla’s opt for a new sign.  The name of the restaurant remains the same, but the many changes on both the inside and outside of the restaurant has “re-modernized” the place, according to Babla.  Changes include new menu items along with some old favorites, a new food bar to accommodate the Sunday brunch buffet, and an outside garden with seating for up to 60 or 70 patrons.  Babla noted, “The outside garden area will have its own menu, a little different, for people wanting to enjoy the outdoors.”  The garden also has a play area for children and a beautiful deck.  Babla added, “I am envisioning that people will be able to reserve the garden area for weddings, parties or receptions.  It will be a beautiful place to gather together.”  

    Along with changes to the aesthetics of the Sands, is Babla’s enthusiasm to bring the Sands back into the forefront of Dalhart cuisine.  He stated, “We want to keep some of the flavor of the restaurant for those people who have traveled through Dalhart for years, and provide a menu that is interesting and one that local residents will look forward to.  We want to get a little bit away from the strictly café style, and offer a true family restaurant environment.”

    Perhaps one of the greatest changes is that the restaurant is now smoke free. An area resident commented, “I’ve always enjoyed eating at the Sands, but the smoke has kind of kept me away, it was like a smoke den in there.  I’m happy to see that’s


    Twenty-four hour service, a palatable menu, inviting garden area, large screen plasma TVs, a Sunday through Friday lunch buffet, as well as three indoor area dining sections ensures that the Sands has something for everyone.  Babla encourages people, “Come try us again, and I’m sure you’ll be very pleasantly surprised by all of the changes.  You’ll enjoy your dining experience, and I believe you’ll want to come again and again.”

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