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Sayonara Sampan

February 16th, 2010

I was walking by Sampan the other morning and saw it’s for sale. I wasn’t sure if they’re closed and for sale or still open and for sale. Out of curiosity I called tonight to see if anyone answered and they did, so I guess they’re open while looking for a buyer.
I can’t say I’ll miss it since I only went there once but it’s been there for a long time so it’ll be weird to not see it there.
Also, I saw that Astro’s pizza has closed after just opening last September.


  1. I haven’t gone there, either, but I think it’s too bad to see more empty store fronts downtown.

    Comment by Karen February 16, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

  2. The sampan was a pit ! I think its glad we are getting rid of it !

    Comment by frank February 16, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

  3. Back in the 1980s, the Sampan had pretty good Chinese food. Its quality has gone down over the past 10 years and especially over the past 3-4 years. Now, for a GOOD downtown Chinese restaurant, check out the Star House on Route 135 across from St. T’s. I think the Star House’s prices are maybe a tad higher than I’d like but the food is OUTSTANDING. When I go into the Sampan to take out food, about once a month, I always think of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares”. “Chet” who (I think) is the Sampan owner is a very nice and personable guy, but I think he’s given up. The Sampan has become a bar and Keno parlor (which attracts a very lower class element) that happens to serve some Chinese food. I can just hear Gordon Ramsay (in his British accent) saying to Chet, “You’ve forgotten your MISSION!” I’d like to see somebody buy the Sampan and EMPHASIZE the FOOD and make it GOOD FOOD. Get rid of the Keno and the people who play it for hours. If they want to serve alcohol, fine, but DOWNPLAY the bar and emphasize the FOOD. Whoever buys it should take a walk over to Star House to see how it could be done.

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril February 16, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  4. I agree that Star House has good food. They deliver, too, so we often have them deliver lunch to work.

    Comment by Karen February 16, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  5. I’ve been here 3 years, and I have to say, I agree with Rev. Bob Baril 100%

    But it’s not that it attracts “low-class” people so much as it attracts alcoholics and gambling junkies. I think both types of people need help, especially the alcoholics, because they are on the way to an early grave.

    And I don’t just hop in and out of the Downtown area, I live here. I think the quality of life sucks because it’s easy to write off such an area when it’s filled with such people who don’t want to help themselves and there’s little to no real sense of community down here.

    I don’t see much in the head way of making it more “beautiful” or “urban renewal,” but I wish there would be some of that.

    Oh well, what do I know? I’m lower middle class, work my behind off and I hope for more than just restaurants to sustain down here.

    Comment by Mark February 17, 2010 @ 6:08 am

  6. too bad about astro’s… they had good food. Business must have been abysmal to close 6 months after they opened.

    Comment by Kenny February 17, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

  7. Anyone remember “Uncle”? I’m sure a few around here remember him as he tended bar and would refuse to serve you a Scorpion bowl unless you paid up front.

    “It has 5 liquor! You pay now before you go crazy!” Haha great guy, we would go to see the bands when they would play upstairs from there and come down for some terrible chinese food and Mai Thais. He must have passed on by now, RIP Slampan’s and Uncle. 🙁

    Comment by Chris M February 21, 2010 @ 2:25 am

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