Although Sammy’s Woodfired Pizzeria and Grill owner Sami Ladeki hoped for a June 15 re-opening for his Pearl Street restaurant following a 2015 fire, it now looks like La Jollans will have to wait until mid-October.
As the restaurant undergoes a renovation, Ladeki said it’s taking longer than expected to bring it up to modern building codes.
As previously reported in the Light, the restaurant at 702 Pearl St. was the first of the now 17 Sammy’s locations. It suffered smoke and water damage following a fire over Labor Day weekend in 2015.
Officials determined the cause to be accidental; it started in the kitchen stove hood. Damage is estimated at $150,000 to the building and $50,000 to the restaurant’s contents.
Ladeki said a lot has changed in terms of city building code standards since the restaurant opened in 1989.
“All the fire-related issues have been settled, so now it’s just getting the building up to code, which is taking longer than we thought. We’re cleaning it up, making it fresher and nicer, and changing up the menu,” he said. “We have a beautiful new burger, and will have more small plates and tacos, as well as more Peruvian-inspired food.”