Shack attack! Couple re-opens mini-golf, restaurant

By on April 18, 2018

 

The Shack Restaurant & Mini-Golf, formerly known as The Caddy Shack, opened March 30.

In addition to a new name, the facility has new owners Ray and Lisa Alcala, who purchased the facility at 662 S. Oak St., Manheim, in the fall of 2017 from Mark and Ronda Morrison. It was originally established in 1989 by Ken Shank. The seasonal restaurant and mini-golf course is located in the borough’s Kauffman Park.

“This is my old stomping grounds. I grew up playing in this park,” Lisa Alcala said. “When The Caddy Shack opened, Ray and I came here with our family. We liked the vision Ken Shank had for the facility.”

“The Shack is a great place within our community. We look forward to the new energy and ideas that Lisa and Ray Alcala have in store for this community treasure,” said Kelly Lauver, Manheim Chamber administrative coordinator who added that the chamber’s annual mini-golf tournament has been held at the facility for several years.

Owners Ray and Lisa Alcala (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

For the Alcalas, The Shack is a perfect fit. Ray is a landscaper, and Lisa recently retired as a job trainer at IU-13. She also has 20 years’ experience in the food service industry including 15 years as a server for The Cat’s Meow in Manheim, as well as working at The Caddy Shack for the Morrisons. “I still use my job training skills at The Shack,” she said.

Over the winter, the Alcalas did some renovations to the restaurant and mini-golf area. “It just needed a bit of a fresh look,” Ray said.

Ash trees that were hit by the emerald ash borer were taken down and some new trees planted. The swing set and merry-go-round remain in the park. However, Ray Alcala said the merry-go-round was refurbished with the assistance of students from Lancaster County Career & Technology Center.

The mini-golf course has been slightly revamped. “When we read the reviews of the mini-golf course, one thing that popped up frequently was that it was too challenging, almost to the point of being frustrating. We modified a few of the holes, adding a red-cup that’s a bit closer to the hole. We call it our kid-friendly option,” Lisa explained.

Air conditioning was also added to the restaurant. Tables inside now have a new surface which contain historic photos of the park. “There’s a lot of great history here,” Ray added.

Information from The Shack’s menu states that the property, which included three acres of woods and a spring, was gifted to the borough by Abraham Kauffman in 1869. In the early 1900s, the trolley from Manheim to Lancaster traveled through the park, and its path is still visible today.

The Shack’s menu offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, appetizers, and platters. The Caddy Shack was also known for its broasted chicken, which remains on the menu. There’s also hand-dipped ice cream and frozen treats such as sundaes, shakes, and floats all using locally made Kreider’s ice cream.

Senior Day is Tuesday with half-price mini-golf and 10 percent off food. Happy hour is 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and features $1 off milkshakes and floats.

Beginning in May, Sunday dinner specials will also be offered.

Also that month The Shack will host “Give Back Wednesdays” where 5 percent of food sales (excluding specials) will be donated to a designated Manheim organization each week. Additionally, members of the organization will receive coupons to distribute to family and friends which can be redeemed for 10 percent off.

“We’re both from Manheim, so we want to welcome the community and ask them to be a part of our vision. We also want to give back,” Lisa said, adding that local organizations interested in participating in the give-back program should contact her at 717-664-2250.

Groups are welcome with special rates for mini-golf, birthday party packages, and mini-golf tournaments.

The Shack is open through November. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m; Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. In December, it will also be open for private parties and catering.

The Manheim Chamber will join The Shack for a grand opening April 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature half-price mini-golf, prize drawings, and samples of ice cream. Music will be provided during the day by DJ Tony Bennett, and Boys From Innisfree will perform from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the deck.

For more info, visit theshackmanheim.com.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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