Sambo's Officially Renamed Chad's
After much discussion and weeks of local, social, and national media attention, the original Sambo’s has a new name.
Chad’s returns to Santa Barbara.
Yes, that Chad’s.
The name of the iconic Chapala street cocktail bar and restaurant from the ’90s and 2000s has a new home, a breakfast spot on Cabrillo Boulevard. For nearly 63 years, the original Sambo’s served up pancakes, sausage and hash browns at 216 West Cabrillo. The Sambo’s concept spawned by two Santa Barbara fellows grew quickly to nearly 1200 restaurants nationwide before being sold. In the end, there was only one Sambo’s as of July 15th there is only one Chad’s.
Carrying on the tradition is Chad Stevens, the nephew of one of the original creators of the Sambo’s chain. The restaurant has been a part of the Santa Barbara waterfront since 1957 and no changes in the menu or hours of operation are planned. You can’t flip for your dinner on Mondays and nobody is wearing a banana suit, however, they still serve you a mean Bloody Mary and omelets are probably better for your wallet and waistline at the new Chad’s.
For now, it’s outdoor dining only but that’s not a bad thing, expanded seating, umbrellas, and plenty of social distancing is in place making the new Chad’s a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch 7 days a week.