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This place was HOT

Um, I think they're closed.     

After only 10 short years, Lightnin' Salvage had become the ultimate juke joint:

A junk museum, toy store, Florida souvenir shop.

A bar, lounge, and live music venue.

A playground for the kids, people spontaneously dancing, a Lionel train rattling overhead.  

Kids running wild without a parent in sight.

Birthday parties and a local hangout.

Bocce ball, an airplane, a treehouse and greenhouse. 

Even the first ever NACHO NIGHT, the last day of Alachua County School, and a big party to celebrate Nacho Libre.

There was a night for storytelling and a night for bellydancing. Folk, bluegrass, blues, rock n roll and klezmer music sharing the same stage. Open Mic night. A pinecone contest. The night of a thousand ukeleles. A place that many artists had a part in creating. A 10 1/2 year art project.

I discovered the picture above on Twitter and I don't even know who took it but I bet it was a patron of the Ole' Barn, a bar across the street. It was a Monday evening, December 5th, 2016. We were closed all day but I had been in installing a new upgraded wifi. Home and on the couch I got a call from a  food truck owner who had just finished his Monday night bowling game. He said the place was sky high in flames.... "through the roof!"


 By the time I arrived at the scene the next picture is the one I took, and this was as close as I was allowed to get.... I wonder if you can imagine my state of mind. This had been my art studio for 10 years, an art installation studio, and more than half of my business... 

But back up in time to the Spring of 2006, the previous tenants had just moved out, and I was trying to figure out what to do with the place....

Below are some pictures of the place through the years...

between 2006-2016


People often ask about big parties and reservations. Below is detailed information for your smaller parties less than 25.  See the next section called Take-Out vs Catering for info on parties from 25-150.

Lightnin' Salvage Enterprises (LSE) is our gift shop, bar, and live music venue. It seats about 60 people and is a self serve atmosphere with no wait staff. You order at the bar and your food is delivered as take out. This is a great place for groups to gather. If you know you are bringing a big group please just email Satch ( so we can have staff on hand. 

While we can always accommodate parties of most sizes, the larger the party the longer the wait could be for Satchel's proper. If you come on a weeknight please check our live music calendar to see who's playing. Some weeknights we have plenty of open seating in LSE. We often have parties of 10-20 in LSE. Coming at 11am on Saturdays is a good time, or before 6 on most nights is usually best. We have plenty of seating for lunch parties in LSE except on Saturdays after 1pm it can get busy. 

We have a greenhouse area that seats 15 with a spillover area under the plane that can seat another 40. This area is often available and can be reserved for large parties in the catering section below.

You can bring in your special dessert at no charge but we ask that you do not bring in your own beverages or outside food. 

Take Out vs. Catering Orders:

We offer catering on site or off. There are many benefits to taking the catering route. But you can save a bit of money by ordering take out. Whatever your party size or plan let us know. We'll work with you. We can't accommodate really huge parties on site (like 100) but we can cater offsite up to 150. Gracy knows some spots you can rent and have our food delivered. 

Let’s break it down:


If you know what you want and you are bringing a group to Satchel’s at a time that is not normally busy, you might choose to call your order as a take-out order. We suggest you call in your order a few hours before you want to pick it up and orders over $125 are subject to a 10% gratuity to be added.

We have some seating areas for large parties under the plane out back, in the greenhouse, and in our bar and gift shop, Lightnin Salvage. You are on your own finding a spot and getting any plates and napkins you need from the bar area. Friday and Saturday evenings can be packed everywhere so we strongly suggest you go the catering route if you want to have a party of 25-40 on a Friday or Saturday night.

If you decide to call in a take-out order for a large group (15 or more) and are coming in to eat, please email and let us know when you are coming and how many you are bringing as a heads up as we may need to have an extra person on staff to help in the bar.


The other option is catering. We charge per person with catering. $8 per person for pizza, $10 per person for pizza and salad, $12 per person for pizza, salad and dessert.

Catering orders cost a bit more but get the following perks:

-A reserved space. We have a space that can accomodate 30-40 people outside under the plane.  The downside of the space is that it's mostly covered but parts could get a little wet if it rains. In the event of a reservation and rain, we will also open the greenhouse area for the reservation and this should allow for folks to stay dry.

-Gracy helps plan out the meal. You might be surprised at how many emails can go back and forth to plan a party as the headcount changes and dietary restrictions come to light. It takes a lot of back and forth sometimes and with catering we’ve got you covered.

-Someone from Satchel's to meet you at that time and make sure you have what you need.

-A table set up for the pizzas and plates and napkins and potentially pitchers of water or help with the handling of pitchers of soda or beer and wine and needed cups.

-Plenty of food for everyone. We make sure there are some leftovers. If you want less food because children are involved or you just don't need to feed everyone as a full meal, we can certainly adjust the head count down from the actual number. Gracy works with you on that.

-Flexibility with payment. Sometimes a catering is paid in advance, paid at the time of the event, or even paid the next day. Paypal invoices can be used and prices can be adjusted on the fly as more pizza or drinks are needed.

-Good to go. Once you’ve gone through catering the order is ready at the time you specify. No need to call in the order or wonder if things will go as planned. We do this ALL THE TIME and so we know how to throw the party.

Email Gracy for catering orders:

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