2nd Sammy's Neighborhood Pub now open in Dallas

150-year-old downtown building renovated for new restaurant

Friday, October 30, 2020

Jim and Caroline Bailey, with Town of Dallas and Chamber leaders, prepare to cut the ribbon at Sammy’s Restaurant & Pub in Dallas just before the grand opening on Oct. 30, 2020. From the left are Montcross Area Chamber Past Board Chair Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events, Sammy’s General Manager Graham Benford, Chamber Board Chair Heath Jenkins of the Town of Stanley, owners Caroline and Jim Bailey, Dallas Alderman E. Hoyle Withers, Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Cearley, Alderwoman Darlene Morrow, Town Manager Maria Stroupe and former Chamber Board Chair Brad Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events.

The small photo below shows the building before renovations began. 

Owner Jim Bailey turned a vision into reality 

More than 18 months ago, Jim Bailey predicted the restaurant he planned to open in a vacant building he had just acquired in downtown Dallas would “be a success from day one.” 

His vision was realized on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, when moments after a ribbon was cut to open Sammy’s Neighborhood Pub of Dallas eager customers began flooding through the doors for lunch. A huge grand-opening weekend followed and business has been strong every day since. 

The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was attended by a large crowd of Dallas officials, Chamber members and friends. 

Sammy’s of Dallas is at 130 W. Trade Street in what previously was known as the Setzer Building, which dates to the 1870s. Originally three stories, the top floor was lost to fire, but more than 45,000 square feet remain.  Vacant since 2015, it appeared at one time the building might be demolished, but Bailey was committed to renovating the historic structure. 

The restaurant and bar occupy the front of the first floor, and a large deck has been added at the rear. Offices and a meeting/party room that can accommodate up to 34 are on the second floor. 

The Dallas restaurant is similar to the original Sammy’s Neighborhood Pub, which is owned by Jim’s son John Bailey, in Belmont.  

Sammy’s in Dallas is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 11 until 11 on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 704.215.7461.

1870s building made new again at 130 W. Trade St. in downtown Dallas. 

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