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Sam’s Pizza, Sam’s Hamburgers, Sam’s Fries, Sam’s Beer, Sam’s Wine, Sam’s Coca-Cola and Mike.

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While surfing the internest, I spotted the buck sign and my first impulse was “I want to go there.” Then I found what appeared to be related images, but I wasn’t sure if they were photos of the same place or where it was. On a whim I googled “Sam’s Hamburgers” and everything synched up.

Sam’s is a popular burger joint in San Francisco, the owner’s name is not Sam, and it was established in 1966. I read this review from 2013 and decided to include a visit to Sam’s on my bucket list.

Then I found this. Apparently owner Mike Shawa (nephew of the founder) passed away recently at the age of 70. Damn. That’s still young these days. The place survived the opening of a Carl’s Jr. down the street, so I expect it will survive this setback, too.

And it’s still on my bucket list.

[Some images above were found in here via here; others from here. Somewhat related post here.]

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3 Responses to “Sam’s Pizza, Sam’s Hamburgers, Sam’s Fries, Sam’s Beer, Sam’s Wine, Sam’s Coca-Cola and Mike.”

  1. wanderingneurons Says:

    Looks like the restaurant from “Blues Brothers”, the one where Aretha Franklin sings “Think”, where Jake and Elwood order “two whole fried chickens and a Coke, the other one wants white bread toast”

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    wanderin– One of the greatest scenes in that movie, with Blue Lou Marini [http://www.blueloumarini.com/] on the counter.

  3. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Note that there is one sandwich that could never be served there due to trademark infringement: Sam’s Club.

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