Que pasa at Que?Pasa
The latest happenings and news from your Vallarta neigborhood bar
March 1, 2018
Well, the rumours are true! Que?Pasa has been sold ...... and Michael is joining his lovely Yvonne back in the USA to be closer to his mother in her golden years! Michael was careful to choose a person he thought could carry on and integrate well with the Customers and Staff. New owner Scott likes to say he'll be making "Improvements, not changes" .......so hopefully we'll all love the place even more!
One of Vallarta's greatest citizens of all times-Dancing John Simpson. He never missed a Boat Bash. We would like to dedicate this 10th Annual Boat Bash to his memory. Thank you John for the memories and your special friendship.
Read more about Dancing John and a little history of the Boat Bash in "Musings from El Jefe" in this newsletter.
Only one week to go until the best party of the year. Saturday, October 19th the Boat Bash returns for its 10th anniversary and we are really excited. Its a day on the bay and a night at Que?Pasa. The gigantic catamaran Bora Bora leaves the marina at noon with those great tunes of The Texas Embassy Blues Band. Its Open Bar all day long on the water with a great lunch on the beach at the beautiful and isolated Las Animas. When the band takes a break to party with us it will be Karaoke Fun with the crazy Fast Eddie. After an afternoon of drinking, dancing, singing, and swimming on our beautiful bay we return to the marina around 6pm and everyone returns to Que?Pasa to enjoy the music of El Dueto Majahuas and a Surf and Turf Dinner. Whoa-this is going to be the best Boat Bash ever. Sign up at Que?Pasa with any of our bartenders
Its a day of Thanks all across Canada and Vallarta. We will have the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner ready for your pleasure by 2pm for only 130 pesos.
The CFL Thanksgiving Classic will be on our big screens-Its Winnipeg at Montreal at noon and Toronto at Hamilton at 3:30.
In addition we will have an all day Happy Hour on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday with 15 peso cold Coronas and Pacificos and 25 peso Well Drinks. If by chance you don't want a delicious Turkey Dinner we will still have our Monday Hamburger Mania with 50 peso Burgers all day long.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving Canada.
Canadian Thanksgiving, October 14th
Free Happy Hour Snacks
Have you heard about our Free Happy Hour Snacks yet? Every Monday to Friday during Happy Hour from 6pm to 8pm we serve delicious free food with your drinks.
Musings from "El Jefe"
This October 19th we will celebrate with everyone Que?Pasa’s 10 Annual Boat Bash. I thought it would be nice to share with all the interesting background to this well-loved event.
The first Boat Bash actually occurred the year before Que?Pasa originally opened. It was a birthday party for Lynnda Lucas in early September that was held on a friend’s, Larry, 50ft Cabin Cruiser. The first Boat Bash was a cruise around the bay in the afternoon drinking with friends that came to an abrupt end when the boat developed mechanical problems and had to be towed back to the marina. There was quite a bit of excitement on board as it was questionable for a while whether Larry’s boat would sink or not with all hands on board.
The following May, Que?Pasa opened and the following summer Lynnda and I decided to expand on the idea of a party on a boat for the locals of Vallarta. We thought of it as a day that Que?Pasa would show its appreciation to all its loyal local customers that helped us get through the summer slow business season. While it was co-billed as a birthday celebration for Lynnda, she was insistent that this party was for everyone and not just a birthday party for her. From the beginning we gave the day off to all our employees paying their way on the boat and closing Que?Pasa during the day. We chartered the Bora Bora and hired the Red Neck Mothers to play Live Music on the cruise. Open Bar on the boat and lunch at Las Animas was included. When we returned to Que?Pasa for night caps when the Bora Bora returned us to the marina we did not provide a dinner or a 2nd evening band as part of the Bash. The price for the 2nd Boat Bash was 200 pesos. At that price Que?Pasa ended the Bash taking a small loss that we felt acceptable in order to give our community such a great, affordable party. My main memory of the 2nd Bash was that I was sick with the second day of a terrible summer cold. In addition to being sick all day in the sun it was my job to be the bartender at Que?Pasa that evening when we returned for a post Bash night cap. Even if I had felt like letting my hair down and partying hearty I could not. A bit of poor planning on my part.
The 3rd Boat Bash was the first we included the dinner at Que?Pasa once we returned from our afternoon on the bay. It was also the last Bash held from our original location on Olas Altas. We bought enough Lobster tails for everyone and our friend Bruce Byng volunteered to put a great dinner together for everyone. Even though John, manager of The Red Neck Mothers was not fond of boats or water we talked the Mothers into returning as our live band. The 3rd Bash was a real bash and one of our most heavily attended. I hired people from other bars to wait on us when we returned to Que?Pasa for the great lobster dinner. The price was 250 pesos and we still took a small loss on the party. A loss we cheerfully accepted for all the good will that was spread.
The following spring Que?Pasa moved from Olas Altas to its current location on Aquiles Serdan in the barrio. The 4th Bash was the first we had from this location and perhaps, with the exception of the 9th Bash, the most notorious. 5 bashers, whose names I will withhold to protect the guilty, made the mistake of bringing their “Bash Stash” to the marina in a manner that was discovered by the obligatory search that is made by federal officials upon entering a federal reservation in Mexico. The Five Bashers were hauled off to jail and about the same number of bashers that were with them took off to try and get them out of jail as soon as possible. It put a dark cloud on the event and all were worried about what would happen to them. A couple hours into the party we got phone calls on the boat that all but one were free and back at Que?Pasa waiting for our return. One person had to spend the night in jail to satisfy the authorities and pay a 4000 peso fine. The notorious five collected the money amongst them to pay for the one that took the rap for the group. It was on the 4th Boat Bash that the Bash evolved to its current form that includes the party on the boat with Live Music, Open bar, and lunch at Las Animas followed by a Surf and Turf dinner at Que?Pasa with a 2nd Live band to end the evening in a mellow manner. All Que?Pasa’s employees get the day off to attend the Bash and we hire bartenders from other local bars to take care of dinner and drinks at Que?Pasa when we return from the marina.
In going back in my memory I may be wrong as to the exact Bash but I believe it was the 5th Boat Bash which never happened due to Que?Pasa’s legal battle with CTM. During that year Lynnda Lucas left Que?Pasa and I took on Tom as a partner in Que?Pasa. The following year Lynnda Lucas made her own Boat party to celebrate her birthday in September while she was working for other bars in Vallarta. Tom and I, not wanting to compete with Lynnda, opted to change the Boat Bash to October and co-billed the Bash as a celebration of his birthday, October 15. Logistically it was a good decision as more Que?Pasa regulars who return to Vallarta in October were able to go on the Boat Bash for the first time. We also changed its traditional party day of Sunday to Saturday so as not to conflict with the all important Sunday NFL at Que?Pasa. The 8th Boat Bash has the distinction as being the only Bash we did not have with the Bora Bora and the first Boat Bash that Que?Pasa actually did not end up at the final tally in the red. We tried another boat, the America, that year and everyone really missed the way the Bora Bora handled the party.
The 9th Boat Bash like the 4th was overshadowed by notorious events. The Friday night before the Saturday Boat Bash I was surprised by officials who without notice or warning took me to prison when I returned to Que?Pasa from a shopping trip. Yvonne and Blanka rose to the occasion the next morning successfully putting together the final logistics necessary to make the Boat Bash happen. All that attended the 9th Boat Bash claimed it was a great party in spite of the attempt to make us cancel the event due to my legal problems. A comical side note was that JR photo shopped some of the 9th Boat Bash pictures inserting me on the Bash as if I was not in jail. His joke got a lot of attention on the local internet forums and facebook from the would-be detractors to the 9th Bash. Personally, I was traumatized since I did not get to wear the new bathing suit I had purchased for the Bash.
That brings us to the 10th and most special Boat Bash of all. We have dedicated the 10th Bash to the memory of our great friend and supporter, John Simpson. John never missed a Bash. He won’t miss this one either as we devote that day to remember the joy and camaraderie he brought to the Vallarta ex-pat community.