Restaurant and the founder, Sam Segari
The Walking Tour...
Sam was always
amazed when new customers wanted to know about his history,
even before they wanted to know about the shrimp. He often
joked that he needed to create a narrated walking tour with
headphones like they have in museums.
Sam Segari started in business
in September 1971. His first place was 'Sam's Song', a bar
located on Milam, which later moved to Westheimer. In the late 70s, he opened 'The
Second Verse', a restaurant and piano bar on Washington
Avenue. His next venture was in the 80s as 'George's on
Washington', right next door to The Second Verse. It was
later named 'S.O.S.: Same Old Sam's'. Later, he
moved his seafood across the street as the restaurant 'Sam
Segari's'. In the 90s, he opened on Durham under several names
including 'The Final Verse' and 'Segari's'. After a fire
in 2003, he re-opened within one month at the current Shepherd
location of Segari's.
When the Segari's on Durham
burned, Sam had just paid the city for a sign permit (which
they would not transfer to the new location) and he wasn't
about to pay for another one. Sam decided against another sign
and simply phoned his customers to tell them of the new
Through the years, Sam
developed a loyal following of friends, fans and customers
who followed him to his various restaurant venues. He loved
entertaining his customers. His unique personality was
reflected in his attention (or lack thereof) to everyone who
entered Segari's doors.
Welcome to a Houston tradition,
Houston's best seafood, and Houston's best kept secret -