Today, Bob Sambol is one happy restaurateur. His current state of bliss comes from the fact that a, for now, secret group of investors stepped up to the auction house plate and outbid Del Frisco’s and BSCH Management, owned by Sambol’s former partner Bill Lenox and Omni Hotels. Super-sleuth, Robert “Bob” Willonsky, has the full story.
I just spoke with a giddy Sambol. “I am so %*#k*@g happy,” he said. “It worked out really well. Of course, the deal has to be legally approved on December 7, but for now, it’s business as usual.” Sambol also says, “I’m ecstatic because these guys aren’t going to change a %*#k*@g thing. I am going to continue running this place like I have for the last 16 years.”
Hmm. When I had him on the phone, I didn’t want to suggest that he might want to change a few of his tactics because he was so %*#k*@g happy. Sambol has made a few questionable decisions and he’s paid a high emotional price for the resulting business problems—many of his regular customers and friends deserted him. “I really learned who my friends are,” said Sambol. “There are some really nice people in this town and they have been very loyal to me. Some of the people who you think are the most ruthless people in town have really helped me. And I am deeply indebted to my regular customers and staff who have stayed with me. Right now everything is great. Business is great.”