Dining: Sam Edwards grows the fleet at Sam’s Burger-Deli in Armuchee. As always, the story behind it is as good as the visual itself.

Dining: Sam Edwards grows the fleet at Sam’s Burger-Deli in Armuchee. As always, the story behind it is as good as the visual itself.

 

 

Sam’s Burger-Deli on Martha Berry Highway is always a three-ring dining adventure. You go there for the food, including the “award-winning Sam Burger” (we like the Philly Cheese steak sans onions or the Turkish sub). And then there’s the visuals — the airbone VW bus just off the highway, the jet entranceway, the customized dining area including the wings of the jet and our favorite, a virtual Wall of Honor for area veterans of America’s armed forces.

And then there’s Sam Edwards himself, the ever-ready entrepreneur who stops by every table and always — always — has something going on. From why some of the tables feel sticky (just part of the varnishing that actually helps keep them cleaner) to how he shops for the custom meats in his burgers and entrees to his family and, of course, the business that has exploded since moving up the highway two years ago.

Already something akin to the Big Chicken in terms of exterior visuals, Edwards has taken it a step further. He’s added the fuselage of another jet, a “sibling” to the one above the restaurant’s entrance near the parking spaces reserved for those awarded the Purple Heart.

It turns out both the original and new jets were part of a corporate fleet that were surrendered after the “empire” fell for a businessman. Edwards says he got a tip on the latest availability and “I jumped in the Jeep right away to go see it.” It more or less followed him home and for good reason. Basically free, the insides are nothing short of corporate elite. Custom gold-plated fixtures, incredible seating and all recently restored.

He couldn’t pass it up, especially given the heritage tied to the Armuchee Belle and his overall love of aviation.

The above photos detail the outside of the latest addition to Sam’s; you’ll want to see Edwards for some of his photos of the interior (don’t worry; he’ll find you at your table). Look for the jet to become anothing dining experience at the Armuchee landmark.

In an era seemingly dominated by fast food and franchising, Edwards continues to keep it fresh — food and more.

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