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This Bourdain-Approved Burger Joint Is Expanding in February

The team behind Sam’s Pizza and Hamburgers will open Sam’s East on February 1, serving shawarma and falafel

A sign.
Sam’s East will open in early February.
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

There’s nothing else that’ll do the trick at 2 a.m. in San Francisco, when what the doctor’s ordered is late-night munchies. Sam’s Burgers on Broadway has always been a popular option, dishing out burgers sometimes as late as 4 a.m. throughout its decades in service. Now, the ElShawa family — who’ve run Sam’s Burgers since the 1970s — will open a second business right next to Sam’s, succinctly called Sam’s East. Customers can expect shawarma and falafel in lieu of pizza and burgers.

In an Instagram post on January 22, the family let diners know there’ll be a grand opening party for Sam’s East on Thursday, February 1 at 7 p.m. Many longtime fans already knew the business was expanding next door, but the original November 2023 open date came and went with no chicken wraps at 620 Broadway. And, yes, this is one of the gilded San Francisco institutions Anthony Bourdain deemed a banger.

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