Big Sam’s Inlet Cafe & Raw Bar
Region: Oceanfront (Marina District), Virginia Beach
On April 1st 1996, with a push from his now wife, Dawn and the help of his family, Sam purchased "The Inlet Cafe & Raw Bar". It was a small restaurant with a hot plate and a steamer. Sam had grander plans. In November of the same year Sam added on to the front of the building and put in s full service kitchen. He wrote a new full menu and opened for breakfast. A former competitive Skateboarder and Surfer, with many friends that fish, Sam's vision was to open a Beach restaurant that would cater to people whose lives revolve around the water and beach lifestyle. He wanted to open a friendly place where anyone could walk in and get friendly service, a great meal, a cold beer and good conversation. By the end of the first year people started calling the place "Big Sam's", so the name was changed. Sam and Dawn were married on Bora Bora and both have a passion for French Polynesia and the theme carries throughout the decor. The Tikis out front welcome all to a good time. Big Sam's serves locals and tourists, is a friendly family restaurant, a happening watering hole and a cozy retreat. It offers the best of both worlds. Big Sam's is an exotic escape in our own backyard.
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