The legendary barbeque restaurant near Adamson Square, Sam’s House, will be undergoing a change of leadership. The establishment has been serving Memphis style barbeque to Carrollton’s residents for over a decade. Current owners Chris Davis and Wyleen Williams are handing over the reins of the restaurant to Nick Keith of Nicholas Keith Enterprises, L.L.C. “Nick has been with the Sam’s House family for years and has extensive experience in restaurant operations,” said Davis. “He stated that it is his mission to continue and build upon the solid foundation that Sam’s House has built over the years. While taking a step back, we will continue to assist Nick as we transition into new roles.”
Due to the restructuring of the business, Sam’s House will temporarily close on September 28th as the business transitions into its new ownership structure. The restaurant will continue to operate as Sam’s House and serve the authentic Memphis-style barbecue that Carrollton locals have turned into a staple of their diet. They plan to reopen their doors under the new ownership October 1st. “The hours will be the same with the possibility of expanded hours and dine-in options being available in the very near future,” said Davis.
Back when the business was first starting there were many locations that Davis and Williams considered. However, they wanted a dynamic, charismatic location to serve their food from, and Carrollton has been a great fit. “When we were exploring possible sites, this town checked all of the boxes,” said Davis. “Carrollton has been dubbed the ‘City of Dreams,’ and the community’s response and support over the last ten-plus years has exceeded anything we envisioned.”
After working for DFACS for over 30 years and owning Sam’s House for over ten years, Davis is looking forward to enjoying his retirement time and some much needed R&R. However, Davis is thankful for his time serving the community. “It has been an amazing experience being here in this place and in this community,” said Davis. “It’s not lost on any of us of the history of the square and Carrollton. Opening the doors here gave us the opportunity to provide a respite from the political and social climate that seem to dominate the news cycles. It was a joy to see the place full and people enjoying their meals and conversations. Another key point is that we were able to provide employment for many that really needed it. We can’t say enough “thank-yous” to our staff, vendors, and customers.”
Although the owners will change, the same look, feel, and good food that Sam’s House has been known for will remain the same. The new ownership group is adamant about keeping the tradition Sam’s house has built over the years. Davis is also grateful for the bond they have built with the community. “We will certainly miss the labor of love and the many customers who have become our friends,” said Davis. “The transition, the soul of Sam’s House Barbeque will live on because of the many wonderful patrons who made the decision to come eat with us!!! Thank you and may God bless each of you! Hope to see you around the community!”