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If the BBQ is on par with Sam's Southern Eatery, it won't last a year.
A hundred years ago (about 35 actually), I was building the since torn-down retail/residential buildings at 4th/Jefferson behind Dupree's so we used to eat at Sam's about once a week. A chicken-fried steak, fries and a drink was $3.33. Remember it well as I was there with my lunatic boss one day and he ordered the same and wanted to pay. He threw a conniption when the lady told him the total was $6.66. Dude bought a bowl of pudding (and left it behind) simply because he refused to pay someone 666.
 

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A hundred years ago (about 35 actually), I was building the since torn-down retail/residential buildings at 4th/Jefferson behind Dupree's so we used to eat at Sam's about once a week. A chicken-fried steak, fries and a drink was $3.33. Remember it well as I was there with my lunatic boss one day and he ordered the same and wanted to pay. He threw a conniption when the lady told him the total was $6.66. Dude bought a bowl of pudding (and left it behind) simply because he refused to pay someone 666.
It was Charlie's Chicken back then, that was some good food. Sam's, not so much.
 
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It was Charlie's Chicken back then, that was some good food. Sam's, not so much.
Not positive, but pretty sure it was Sam's because 1) that was the name of the lunatic I worked for and part of the reason he wanted to try it and 2) I rarely ate chicken back then (abhorred it in fact), so the likelihood of me going to a place called Charlie's Chicken would have been slim. This was about 1984-85. But who knows, that was a long time ago.
 
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Not positive, but pretty sure it was Sam's because 1) that was the name of the lunatic I worked for and part of the reason he wanted to try it and 2) I rarely ate chicken back then (abhorred it in fact), so the likelihood of me going to a place called Charlie's Chicken would have been slim. This was about 1984-85. But who knows, that was a long time ago.
In 2009 it was Charlie's Chicken's. Sam's came later (after 2016 or so playing around with different google maps street view dates). I don't remember what it was in 1984-85, but I believe that is where the Sandwich Factory use to be in the late 70's early 80's.

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In 2009 it was Charlie's Chicken's. Sam's came later (after 2016 or so playing around with different google maps street view dates). I don't remember what it was in 1984-85.

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I work with a group that reviews historical city directories. Curious what it was called back then so I may give one of them a call to dig into it for me. That is the building I am referencing though. A few tweaks, but essentially the same building.
 

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I work with a group that reviews historical city directories. Curious what it was called back then so I may give one of them a call to dig into it for me. That is the building I am referencing though. A few tweaks, but essentially the same building.
FYI the OSU library has copies of all the Stillwater phone books going back to when they started printing them .
 
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FYI the OSU library has copies of all the Stillwater phone books going back to when they started printing them .
Thanks. The people I work with, they do environmental surveys for real estate transactions. They subscribe to a clearinghouse where they have access to directories for just about everywhere so they can go back and see what businesses were at specific locations as far back as they can find the information.
 

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In 2009 it was Charlie's Chicken's. Sam's came later (after 2016 or so playing around with different google maps street view dates). I don't remember what it was in 1984-85, but I believe that is where the Sandwich Factory use to be in the late 70's early 80's.

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Was it Rex's maybe? I was a bit too young back then to really trust my memory.
 

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Sams Southern Eatery opened its first location in 2008. I lived in Stillwater from 1997-2012 and that location was Charlie’s Chicken during that time. It was a Sandwich Factory for a while in the 70’s. It had a few other restaurants in between.
 

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Just saw the movie Stillwater. It's about 2% Stillwater and the rest is in France but it's still cool to see the references.

According to Matt Damon we have some tight end from Guthrie that it takes 3 people to bring down and is sure to go to the NFL, so we should be good this year. So we have that going for us.
 

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Just saw the movie Stillwater. It's about 2% Stillwater and the rest is in France but it's still cool to see the references.

According to Matt Damon we have some tight end from Guthrie that it takes 3 people to bring down and is sure to go to the NFL, so we should be good this year. So we have that going for us.
Doesn't mean we'll throw to him.....
 
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A hundred years ago (about 35 actually), I was building the since torn-down retail/residential buildings at 4th/Jefferson behind Dupree's so we used to eat at Sam's about once a week. A chicken-fried steak, fries and a drink was $3.33. Remember it well as I was there with my lunatic boss one day and he ordered the same and wanted to pay. He threw a conniption when the lady told him the total was $6.66. Dude bought a bowl of pudding (and left it behind) simply because he refused to pay someone 666.
Back in my younger food service days, it was routine practice to give people small discounts to avoid charging them 6.66. I also had multiple food establishment owners who changed prices specifically to avoid it.
 
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A hundred years ago (about 35 actually), I was building the since torn-down retail/residential buildings at 4th/Jefferson behind Dupree's so we used to eat at Sam's about once a week. A chicken-fried steak, fries and a drink was $3.33. Remember it well as I was there with my lunatic boss one day and he ordered the same and wanted to pay. He threw a conniption when the lady told him the total was $6.66. Dude bought a bowl of pudding (and left it behind) simply because he refused to pay someone 666.
Just the other day I purchased something locally (Stillwater) and my total was $6.66. I said to the clerk "Well, that's awkward" and then I flashed the Ronnie James Dio horn sign and laid down $10. Clerk laughed and said "Dude, that's awesome, this one's on me!".
 
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A hundred years ago (about 35 actually), I was building the since torn-down retail/residential buildings at 4th/Jefferson behind Dupree's so we used to eat at Sam's about once a week. A chicken-fried steak, fries and a drink was $3.33. Remember it well as I was there with my lunatic boss one day and he ordered the same and wanted to pay. He threw a conniption when the lady told him the total was $6.66. Dude bought a bowl of pudding (and left it behind) simply because he refused to pay someone 666.
Back in my younger food service days, it was routine practice to give people small discounts to avoid charging them 6.66. I also had multiple food establishment owners who changed prices specifically to avoid it.
Just the other day I purchased something locally (Stillwater) and my total was $6.66. I said to the clerk "Well, that's awkward" and then I flashed the Ronnie James Dio horn sign and laid down $10. Clerk laughed and said "Dude, that's awesome, this one's on me!".
Don't you know it's back luck to be superstitious? :p
 
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Was it Rex's maybe? I was a bit too young back then to really trust my memory.
I think you are right. I know it started life as a Burger Chef but that closed when I was pretty young (7 or so) but I couldn't remember what it was between Burger Chef and Charlie's. Rex's sounds right and I'm picturing it on the sign.
It was Rex, correct. Went in there in the late 80’s.


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I think you are right. I know it started life as a Burger Chef but that closed when I was pretty young (7 or so) but I couldn't remember what it was between Burger Chef and Charlie's. Rex's sounds right and I'm picturing it on the sign.
Wow.. Burger Chef! I hadn't thought about that place in years.