It’s a family business

Jimmy and Jennifer Dettman have always wanted to open a restaurant, and when the opportunity presented itself, they didn’t pass it up.

Located in the lower level of The Fairmont Creamery building on 2nd and Main Street in Rapid City, The Sandwich Shop is a perfect place for family and friends to gather.

“We always had the thought of opening [a restaurant], but it was something we thought we would do after the kids were gone, when we retired,” said Jimmy.

dettmanWhen the opportunity presented, the Dettman’s decided the time and place was here and now. So, they started to pursue it.

From the initial idea to the go-ahead by the city, three short months later the Sandwich opened its doors in September.

“There aren’t a lot of places to hang out that aren’t bars,” said Jennifer. “We wanted to bring a spot to Rapid City where families could come to enjoy a meal and hang out together.”

They are open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday—and stays open until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays for its events.

The Sandwich Shop has a built in stage, which works perfectly for their Tuesday night open mic from 6:30-8:30.

“We have a spotlight. We have a mic. We have a stage. It’s legit,” Jimmy says with enthusiasm. “Music is a big part of our family so that was a no-brainer to include,” adds Jennifer.

Friday nights bring a little different mood to the shop with game night. That’s right. Old-fashioned, traditional board games that the entire family can join in on.


“We want a family atmosphere where people can just hang out with their kids,” said Jennifer.

Owning a business, raising four children, and running a restaurant is challenging, but Jimmy and Jennifer embrace all the learning moments with open arms. From their children understanding the value of a dollar, to the responsibilities of work, this family is in it together.

The Dettmans use their successes and failures in life to instill in their children the ‘Why not, try it? Who cares if you fail? At least you tried it,’ attitude.

“We talk about the business with our children, and we’re all fully invested in the venture together as a family,” said Jennifer.

The Sandwich Shop is the spot to be, especially for some homemade, gluten-free food, soup and desserts that change daily. Grab the kids, and head down for this week’s special and some nummies, the open mic night, and family game night. Create a new tradition and enjoy the greatest treasure in life—each other.



Written by Jenna Carda