“I hope the community will accept us” – CBS Miami


MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Dandy Bear has a new owner and will open in a week.

“Off The Wall”, as it will now be called, will add new modern features, but plans to retain some of the classic features dandy bear favourites.

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Ervin Mendel, the new owner, says this has been in the works for some time.

“We had on-and-off discussions with Dandy Bear owners for years, in fact, as they retired,” Mendel explained. “It finally came to fruition earlier this year, we reached an agreement.”

Early Tuesday afternoon, Mendel was finalizing the license to turn Dandy Bear into Off The Wall.

Mendel says they’re investing a lot of money in what it will ultimately look like in the fall.

“After the summer, we will probably close, go into reconstruction. We want to bring trampolines, maybe ax throwing and a full bar, if we get the license,” Mendel said.

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Expansion means jobs.

They have hired 20 people so far and said they will need 20-30 more before opening in about a week.

Positions range from customer service to kitchen staff.

“Usually ranges from minimum wage to 12, 13, 14, 16 whatever per hour. According to experience and according to the different positions.

There was an outpouring of support from the community when Dandy Bear announced its closure. Mendel says he knows he has big shoes to fill.

“We hope to be equally loved and hopefully bring a better experience, a more modern experience, and hopefully the community will accept us.”

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Of these jobs, about 10 of them are full-time. If you are looking for work, the owner tells you to stop at the place and come in to fill out an application.


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