Sam Snead's American Grill (1830 S. Osprey Ave., 906-7771, samsneadssarasota.com), a Southside Village favorite where folks have been going for years to watch golf and other sports while dining on steaks, ribs, burgers, chicken and chops, is closing. Also a destination spot for quaffing cocktails, beer and wine at the bar, the owner of Sam Snead's told employees this weekend that the business would close in two weeks, according to the report below by Herald-Tribune news partner SNN.
Reached by phone this morning at the restaurant, an employee at Sam Snead's declined to comment on the future of the eatery. The Orlando based Pike Corporation, which offers licensing opportunities for Sam Snead's restaurants, has not yet responded to requests for comments from SNN or the Herald-Tribune. A manager at the Sam Snead's in Orlando declined to comment on the future of the Sarasota location.
The restaurant is named after the golfing legend who won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven majors. His career spanned from the 1930s to 1980s. Snead died in 2002 at age 89 in his native Virginia.
The restaurant and its strip plaza its located in was developed by Doug Tibbetts, who said he sold the restaurant three years ago and remaining retail space shortly thereafter. Tibbetts was unaware that Sam Snead’s was closing.
The restaurant is now owned by Paradise Taverns LLC, a Sarasota company managed by Brian M. Sullivan, according to state and county records. Sullivan, the chief executive of CTPartners in New York, could not be reached Monday. His secretary said he was travelling and unavailable most of the day.
The commercial plaza is owned by Hillview Square LC. The company lists a Longboat Key address of a home in a gated subdivision.
—Herald-Tribune business reporter Josh Salman contributed to this story.