Sam’s Southern Eatery — ‘home of the jumbo shrimp’ as well as chicken, wings, livers and gizzards — opens in Midtown Crossing in Rome.

Sam’s Southern Eatery — ‘home of the jumbo shrimp’ as well as chicken, wings, livers and gizzards — opens in Midtown Crossing in Rome.

A look outside Sam’s Southern Eatery from mid May during a little drive-by journalism. Hometown photo.
A look inside, top and bottom, from the restaurant’s Facebook page.

 

The epicenter of the restaurant news this week sits squarely on North Fourth Avenue off West Third Street as Blossom Hill BBQ & Burgers is truly killing it since Tuesday’s midday opening. But another spot, not quite in the spotlight of the River District or the serial openings at East Bend off Turner McCall, has been making steady progress as well.

That work paid off this week as the former Gondolier’s Pizza spot in Midtown Crossing gave way to the state’s first Sam’s Southern Eatery.

Part of a growing chain of 90 locations and serving “home style southern cooking,” the restaurant opened this week. See Facebook.

Serving hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The menu is focused on fish, shrimp and chicken. Sam’s is known as “the home of the jumbo shrimp” but also available are po’ boys, burgers, a variety of seafood and chicken including wings, strips, fried livers and fried gizzards. Click menu.

Some background:

  • The first restaurant opened in 2008 in Shreveport, La.
  • The chain is in 12 southern states and employs more than 750 people.
  • Gondolier has moved to 1803 Shorter Ave. under the name Gondola Pizza. It has added breakfast service, opening at 7 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends.
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