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The barbecue is back: Sammie’s, BBQ on the Brazos reopening

Sammie’s BBQ, a 72-year landmark, reopens in Fort Worth

Sammie’s BBQ reopened under new owner Sam Gibbins, the third “Sam” at the restaurant since it opened in 1946.
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Sammie’s BBQ reopened under new owner Sam Gibbins, the third “Sam” at the restaurant since it opened in 1946.

A Fort Worth landmark for 72 years, Sammies BBQ will reopen this week, and another much-missed barbecue favorite is also making a return.

Sammies will reopen Monday at 3801 E. Belknap St. under Sam Gibbins, the third “Sammie” since the restaurant opened in 1946, and new pitmaster Brendan Lamb from La Barbecue in Austin

In Cresson, regional No. 1 BBQ on the Brazos will reopen Tuesday at 9012 Performance Court, next to the Motorsports Ranch a half-mile east of the old location in a gas station.

Part-owner Kathryn Warren called it a “practice” opening in a Saturday text message. Part-owner John Sanford confirmed the reopening. Watch for more, or call 817-396-4758.


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The new Sammies in the Riverside neighborhood is combining that legacy restaurant’s sour coleslaw and vinegary barbecue sauce with the meats and sauce from Gibbins’ former Smoke Pit BBQ nearby, which closed.

Sammies will start with limited hours and a shorter menu of brisket, hot links, sausage and turkey, with chicken on Tuesdays and the familiar double-cut pork chop from the Smoke Pit on Fridays.

Sammies’ decor includes Texas memorabilia and a “Billy Miner’s Saloon” room with photos and wall hangings from that 27-year restaurant, an original Sundance Square anchor which closed in 2010.

It eventually will be open for lunch and dinner weekdays and Saturdays; 817-834-1822, sammiesbbq.com.

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