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Old 07-22-2018, 07:12 PM
 
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Alright, so a little tongue in cheek, but for you locals, perhaps you'll appreciate this breaking news story about a local staple.

My fiancee and I live not very far from Sam's No. 3 on Havana. In fact, it's a pretty quick walk over there from our house. It seems like recently (without running it by us first) they changed their hours to 7am to 2pm all day, every day.

Now, as much as I like Sam's for their crazy breakfast/brunch crowds, we often patronized the restaurant as our local bar spot in the evenings. We'd go there sometimes for happy hour, and sometimes for a quick late meal when we didn't feel like cooking. It was out main go to, within walking distance, for drinks and entrees.

I'm really disappointed by this news. Have any of you heard about this, or do you even care? I just feel like Sam's has been a staple around the metro with three locations now. Sam's on Havana was one of the originals, and one of the first diners/restaurants/bars I patronized regularly. The fiancee and I have decided that we're going to no longer patronize this location in protest of this move. Thank god there is another location not far from us in Glendale that has retained it's all day hours of operation.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Here's their explanation

https://samsno3.com/2018/07/18/sams-...-to-2pm-daily/

Kind of a bummer but in reality, we've been going to the Glendale location most of the time anyway, even though Aurora is closer.

Definitely won't keep me from going though, it's one of our favorites at whichever location.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:46 PM
 
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Here's their explanation

https://samsno3.com/2018/07/18/sams-...-to-2pm-daily/

Kind of a bummer but in reality, we've been going to the Glendale location most of the time anyway, even though Aurora is closer.

Definitely won't keep me from going though, it's one of our favorites at whichever location.
Thanks for sharing that link. We figured it was a financial decision. Coincidentally, the restaurant across the street (most recently called Salvage) closed a few weeks ago. We believe their problem was that they were far too pricey for that area. It was never busy, definitely not even close to Sam's volume.

It makes you wonder if real estate costs in the area have skyrocketed so much that it's driving them out. You'd think that the Glendale and Downtown locations would be harder hit by that given their prime locations. It just blows my mind that it's a financial decision, because this location seemed to be always fairly busy throughout the day, if not booming during the breakfast/brunch rush on the weekends. It'll be interesting to find out how they choose to maintain their extensive menu given that they'll only be open for a few hours around the lunch time frame. When we bought out home last year, we were so excited to be able to walk to Sam's at all times of the day at our leisure.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Someone I know has a breakfast/lunch restaurant (not in Denver) and they have pretty much the same size menu. It's more about staffing costs and the owners and managers having a better work/life balance with the shorter workdays. They are looking at a single shift each day, and that's a HUGE cost savings, even if you aren't cutting down the menu.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:10 PM
 
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Someone I know has a breakfast/lunch restaurant (not in Denver) and they have pretty much the same size menu. It's more about staffing costs and the owners and managers having a better work/life balance with the shorter workdays. They are looking at a single shift each day, and that's a HUGE cost savings, even if you aren't cutting down the menu.
Sure, it makes sense. The news just came as a surprise and disappointment. A surprise, because it was one of the busiest and happening spots on this side of town, and a disappointment for all the obvious reasons from a pair of loyal regulars who loved having a legit, non-chain 'night spot' within walking distance.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Sure, it makes sense. The news just came as a surprise and disappointment. A surprise, because it was one of the busiest and happening spots on this side of town, and a disappointment for all the obvious reasons from a pair of loyal regulars who loved having a legit, non-chain 'night spot' within walking distance.
I grew up in that neighborhood and went to high school with the guys who started Samís. I canít imagine they wouíld be doing this without a good reason. If they were making money by staying open late they would continue to.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:36 PM
 
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That's sad... I used to enjoy an evening huevos rancheros there from time to time. I can totally see why this would be a good business move though.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:40 AM
 
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That's sad... I used to enjoy an evening huevos rancheros there from time to time. I can totally see why this would be a good business move though.
Based on their press release above, and the comments here, it does make sense. I just thought it got a lot more business than it was. It makes sense that if they're not doing well, then cutting hours is the way to go. I just thought, in comparison to Glendale and Downtown, it was just as busy, if not more busy in some cases. Especially when compared to Glendale's location. But Downtown and Glendale both still have later hours.

Oh well, at least Moe's BBQ is still open late night; we can walk there from our place. It might also help us to not eat/drink out as much.

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Old 07-28-2018, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Bummer. I haven't been here long, but Sam's pretty quickly became the #1 choice for dinner on nights I didn't want to cook. Sure as sh...ootin', I will end up there at least one night when they're closed.

I dunno. I never figured Denver as a town where they roll up the sidewalks at 8, like a lot of east coast cities. But it's tough to find a decent place that doesn't stop serving or close at 8 or 9, if not close for dinner, evenings and a couple of days a week.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Bummer. I haven't been here long, but Sam's pretty quickly became the #1 choice for dinner on nights I didn't want to cook. Sure as sh...ootin', I will end up there at least one night when they're closed.

I dunno. I never figured Denver as a town where they roll up the sidewalks at 8, like a lot of east coast cities. But it's tough to find a decent place that doesn't stop serving or close at 8 or 9, if not close for dinner, evenings and a couple of days a week.
Certainly more in the burbs than the city. Denver locations are still open late.
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