Sam’s Southern Eatery opening next week

Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The 43rd location – and first in Mississippi – for Sam’s Southern Eatery & Seafood will open next week on South Gloster Street.

The Shreveport, Louisiana-based restaurant chain was founded by Sam Gazawaneh in January 2008, and its menu included poboys, burgers, salads, chicken, livers, gizzards, shrimp, catfish and oysters.

“All the food is freshly cooked – nothing is frozen,” said Michael Kalel, the company’s site developer. “Our goal is to have quality and quantity, a lot of food for your money. Customer satisfaction is our goal.”

Kalel hopes to open the Tupelo location on Monday, and is in the process of hiring 12-15 people.

“We’ve been working on the place for a couple of weeks, and we’re shooting for Monday,” he said.

Kalel, who joined the company in 2012 and has opened 22 locations, said he liked the location at 831 S. Gloster St. It is sandwiched between Connie’s Chicken and Captain D’s, and is across from North Mississippi Medical Center.

The location has been home to several restaurants over the years. Most recently it was Sabor Es Mexico, lasting from January until this past spring. Previously, in April of last year, it opened as CH Tenders Place, following the closure of what had been Los Potrillos.

“I want everyone to give us a try,” Kalel said. “We’re known for our jumbo shrimp, and plus people can get the seafood either fried or grilled. ... and we’re going to give you a lot for your money.

The hours of Sam’s Southern Eatery & Seafood will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, although closing time on weekend may be subject to change, Kalel said.

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