Bye Bye, Birdie

Sam's Fried Chicken & Donuts Closes

The same management company closed a pizza place just two weeks ago.

By Timothy Malcolm March 10, 2020

Say goodbye to these "buns."

Image: Lisa Gochman

Just two weeks after Pi Pizza closed it doors, Sambrooks Management Company has shuttered Sam's Fried Chicken & Donuts.

Sam's, which served up a pretty good bird, Southern-influenced sides, and creative donut sandwiches out of 601 Heights Blvd., closed after service Monday. Sambrooks Management Company, which also operates The Pit Room and the Patio at the Pit Room, Candente, and 1751 Sea & Bar, purchased Sam's (formerly Lee's) with Pi Pizza and the former Star Fish (now 1751) in 2018 from Cherry Pie Hospitality.

“Sam’s Fried Chicken and Donuts was a fun concept with tasty and Instagram worthy fare," Michael Sambrooks, owner of Sambrooks Management Company, said in a statement. 

According to Sambrooks, no more concepts are planned for the moment, and none of his other concepts are under threat of closure.

"With our recent closing of Pi Pizza, and now the closing of Sam’s, we are fully focused on our 'Big Four' concepts—The Pit Room BBQ, The Patio at The Pit Room, 1751 Sea and Bar, and Candente," Sambrooks said. "Several of our Sam’s employees are moving to our other concepts and we wish the best to those talented folks that are going off to other opportunities.” 

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