Sammy’s Kitchen in Civic closes its doors

Max O'Driscoll 13 January 2022 108
Sammy's closure notice

Sammy’s Kitchen will be permanently closing the doors of its Civic restaurant. Photo: Ryan Li.

A staple of the Canberra food scene for over 30 years, Sammy’s Kitchen has closed its Civic doors permanently.

In a message to the community posted on the front window of the Bunda Street restaurant, the Civic iteration of Sammy’s Kitchen has said its final goodbyes.

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“Sammy’s Kitchen Civic is permanently closed. We are grateful for your strong support over the years. Please continue to support our other outlet, Sammy’s @ the Foreshore at 39 Eastlake Parade, Kingston. Thank you very much for your continuous support, and look forward to seeing you again,” read the message.

Rumours circulated that the Chinese and Malaysian restaurant faced a permanent closure late in 2021. Yesterday an online post was flooded with tributes for the outgoing Canberra favourite as those fears were realised.

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Fans of the restaurant declared their love for what one commenter described as “one of the best restaurants in Canberra”, suggesting the impact on daily traffic from the pandemic and working from home may have contributed to the closure.

Booking at the Kingston restaurant can be made on their website.

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108 Responses to Sammy’s Kitchen in Civic closes its doors
Jonathon MacLean Jonathon MacLean 1:24 pm 14 Jan 22

Luke Palombi you visit one too many times mate?

Maureen Nolan Maureen Nolan 10:26 am 13 Jan 22

Enjoyed many a meal there

Jordana Colvin Jordana Colvin 9:30 am 13 Jan 22

Kate Turner another one!?!?

Nicole Pratt Nicole Pratt 7:05 am 13 Jan 22

Debbie Scott remember our lunches from the old Sammy’s 😂

Chris Sheehan Chris Sheehan 7:58 pm 12 Jan 22

Loved the Shantung chicken.

Clinton Berry Clinton Berry 7:17 pm 12 Jan 22

Meh, it was Average at best!

Katia Manton Katia Manton 4:57 pm 12 Jan 22

Sam Whitehead This can’t be true 😢

Nicki Louise Nicki Louise 4:41 pm 12 Jan 22

Corrin Martin the end of an era!!!

Molly Spackman Molly Spackman 4:29 pm 12 Jan 22

This is the saddest thing I’ve seen Lucy Spackman

    Lucy Spackman Lucy Spackman 4:33 pm 12 Jan 22

    Molly Spackman excuse me? This can’t be right

Antonietta Lavin Antonietta Lavin 11:53 am 12 Jan 22

Sad for civic but he's at Kingston foreshore ❤️

Prue Edgerton Prue Edgerton 11:03 am 12 Jan 22

I’m crying Jorja Waring-Bryant Tori Draper Sarah Roberts

Daisee Josephine Daisee Josephine 10:19 am 12 Jan 22

Sad Georgia Coppen

Wynn-Yhen Sha Wynn-Yhen Sha 9:28 am 12 Jan 22

Cherry Lou Chun-Gonzales your fav😞

dandelionjoy dandelionjoy 9:03 am 12 Jan 22

Such sad and unexpected news. Have been customers for over 30 years. Thanks to Linda and Jay for your excellent service over many years.

Wends Saundy Wends Saundy 7:47 am 12 Jan 22

Matthew Bowers -this is the place you suggested tim and I have our first Aussie restaurant experience- and we did!

    Matthew Bowers Matthew Bowers 7:48 am 12 Jan 22

    Wends Saundy it was a very good restaurant. Sad to see it close.

Daniel Pask Daniel Pask 5:40 am 12 Jan 22

This is very sad. I remember many Sunday Lunches after Mass, at Sammy’s.

dandelionjoy dandelionjoy 1:28 am 12 Jan 22

Such sad and unexpected news. We have enjoyed Sammy’s cuisine (in civic) for over 30 years. Thanks to the amazing staff, including Linda and Jay.

Iris Eagar Iris Eagar 12:21 am 12 Jan 22

Angus Robertson i’m so sorry

Andrew Dale Andrew Dale 11:53 pm 11 Jan 22

We have some amazing family memories for over 20 years at Sammy's when the original couple had it before they gave it to their kids.

John Schonners Schonberger John Schonners Schonberger 11:30 pm 11 Jan 22

Bugger... always enjoyed a great feed at Sammy's.

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