Friday, August 29, 2008

Sad News on the Local Restaurant Scene

Bryan at "In The 'Burg" brings word of the passing of two key figures in the Fredericksburg restaurant scene.

On August 18, Samuel T. Emory of Sammy T's passed away. Dr. Emory opened Sammy T's in 1980 as a groundbreaking restaurant featuring a selection of vegetarian as well as standard fare. I have many found memories of extended stays at Sammy T's enjoying the food, beer, and good company. In fact I was just reminiscing about Sammy T's last night at the Fredericksburg Blogger Happy Hour. The "shelf of beer" offered a large selection of bottled beers. Early employees were mostly college students, many of who were taught by Dr. Emory who was a professor of geography at Mary Washington College (now Mary Washington University.)

On August 22, Rob Ivy was lost. Rob was just 29 but had already made an impression with the popular Sunken Well Tavern. I'm not as familiar with Sunken Well Tavern. I have only eaten there once but had a very enjoyable meal. Whenever I drove past the establishment there were always folks coming and going.

Two successful entrepreneurs, both leaving lasting marks on Fredericksburg. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.

See Sadness In the F'burg Restaurant Business on "In The 'Burg"

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