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Published on February 27, 2024
San Francisco's Famed Sam's Burgers Suffers Vandalism, Resumes Service Amid SupportSource: Google Street View

A chaotic disruption unfolded at Sam's Burgers, a beloved San Francisco eatery when a man shattered the window with a metal chair Monday afternoon. According to The Standard, Emad El Shawa, the proprietor of the North Beach burger joint, said the perpetrator barged in around 2:30 p.m., harangued the staff and then committed the violent act.

"While on the phone with the police dispatch, this person grabbed one of our metal outdoor chairs and threw it through the front window and took off running towards Stockton Street, breaking the front window and damaging several pieces of equipment inside of Sam’s," El Shawa detailed The Standard. The restaurateur expressed gratitude for the San Francisco Police Department's swift intervention, although the department has not yet commented on the incident that fortunately resulted in no injuries.

Sam’s Burgers, an institution since 1966, is renowned not just for its savory selections but also for an endorsement by the late culinary maverick Anthony Bourdain, who declared one of their burgers as "top three in the world" according to a tribute framed outside the establishment. Despite the turmoil, Sam's is set to resume serving its famous burgers on Tuesday, as confirmed in a statement to The Chronicle.

El Shawa acknowledged the community's support in the wake of the vandalism conveying, "We are thankful for SFPD's quick response and are glad that nobody got hurt," El Shawa said, "We thank the community for its support and will be back open for business [on Tuesday]," sentiments he shared with The Chronicle. The specifics of the seemingly random attack remain under investigation, with San Francisco police staying mum about further details surrounding the disruption of this legacy business in the heart of North Beach.