Sam's Restaurant
 Mellen Street, Phoebus, VA

  Sunday, January 22, 2006
  Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/06
Thanks, Dave!

Does anyone remember the Lighthouse restaurant in Phoebus? It was destroyed years ago, but several of us
went there after the prom in 1964. It was at the bridge near Sam's Restaurant. I can't remember seeing
any postcards from Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) showing it.

- Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 01/17/06
Thanks, Cookie!

The Lighthouse Restaurant in Phoebus was actually built on the water on poles or stilts, if that's what they're called. 
It was owned by Don DeBlasio, who lived across the street from me.  His niece is Sandra DeBlasio Anthony
(HHS - '65).  Not sure if he lost ownership or if a storm destroyed it, but it has not been there for a long, long time. 
Sam's Restaurant is still there, though. 

- Gloria Woolard Price (HHS - '65) of FL - 01/19/06
Thanks, Gloria!

Sorry to inform Gloria Woolard Price, of HHS ('65 - of FL) , about Sam's, but it's also gone! Isabel took most
of it, putting it out of business, and just recently a fire finished it!! Apparently, some vagrants (I hate to use
homeless, because it makes me sick to think that we would allow our own to live in such a way) were living
in the shell and somehow set it ablaze. Again, Sam's is gone; sorry!

- Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/21/06
OH, NO!!!  Thanks, Wayne!

... I saw another article in the paper this morning about Sam's Restaurant with a picture showing it pretty much
"leveled". It was just a blip about it in an article about state spending for Hampton, I believe. Maybe in his many
travels around the Peninsula with his wonderful camera, Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) could capture a picture of it.

- Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 01/21/06
 Oh, Da-vid.... If you're so inclined, please, Captain?? "Nobody does it better."
Thanks, Sandi!

Sam's Restaurant is mentioned in the newsletter today. It is no longer there. It was taken out by the last hurricane.
An article in Daily Press today discussed the redevelopment of that of that property.

- Gus Harrell ( Suffolk High School - '51) of VA - 01/21/06
Thanks, Gus!

Everyone who has reported the fire and the end of Sam's restaurant is correct. The property is currently
owned by a Norfolk syndicate and a likely candidate for redevelopment.

- Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/22/06
Thanks, Kathy!


Something told me that I should get to Hampton today and get the shot of Sam's.

... Then, down Mellen Street to Sam's. When I arrived, I waited a few minutes, hoping the trucks would leave.
When it became apparent that they were not going anywhere, I took the shot. They had backed their trucks
up underneath the sign. I asked if they were going to remove the sign today, and they said yes. At that
instant, I knew why I had felt the need to go to Phoebus today. Tomorrow and forever would have been too late.
It gets better; they told me that they had planned to remove the sign yesterday, but had not been able to get to it.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/06
What an incredible story to go with your fabulous image! 
David, thank you so much for listening to that still, small voice!

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