Change the name of Sambos Restaurant!

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Leslie Snow
Jul 4, 2020
I like this city but feel it's behind the times when it comes to social issues.

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Kathleen Corby
Jun 18, 2020
I just read that the owners are FINALLY changing the name. This is good to see. The founders, Sam Battistone Sr. and Newell Bohnett, said the restaurant’s name was based on the first letters of their names. But the name has been reviled as racist, and in many towns the restaurant rebranded itself as “The Jolly Tiger” under local pressure.

I am not buying that the name was a combination of their names. I lived in SB and during the 80-90’s the menus, placemats, etc. ALL were illustrated with the images from the children's book “Little Black Sambo”, and the name switch to "The Jolly Tiger" was also a wink to the story line as the tigers in the story chase each other in circles making churned butter, the butter is brought back to Sambo's mother and they eat pancakes! Both restaurant names simply too big of a coincidence for a breakfast house that specialized in pancakes.

The owners comment may be the first honest comment I’ve seen — “...we must be sensitive when others whom we respect make a strong appeal” — but WHY did people have to make such a "strong appeal"? This appeal has been going on for decades no less. WHY wasn’t it obvious to change the name based on your own ethics much, much sooner, it’s 2020 for crying out loud!

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TERESA DIAGOSTINO
Jun 9, 2020
I will support this location as soon as they’ve “settled in” to a more appropriate name for this restaurant. At. Long. Last! (Right now the “Peace and Love” sign and message could be made to linger as long as possible, and is a very pleasant and preferable alternative to the thoughtless one which preceded it.)

Thank you to the owners for opening your eyes.
Peace and Love to YOU!

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Ian Atkin
Jun 9, 2020
I'm probably not the first to say this... Why not call it FLOYD'S?

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Joaquin Casareno
Jun 8, 2020
I'm signing because this Racist WHITE Privilege Restaurant should not be supported and monetized in 2020.

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Fernando Vega
Jun 8, 2020
Fernando Vega

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Judith Smith
Jun 8, 2020
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gail shulman
Jun 7, 2020
How does this offend me? Let me count the ways. Not enough space here.

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Joe Loe
Jun 7, 2020
BLM fuck sambo

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James Fudge
Jun 7, 2020
Please change the name of your chain, it is 2020, not 1880. I'm still in disbelief there is a restaurant with that name! I remember them from back in the '70s and even then it was laughable and racist!