From Piggyback Bar to Talde and TapHaus, Jersey City’s dining scene has sadly seen too many eateries go dark in recent weeks. A brunch favorite of many has now joined the ranks, as the second outpost of Sam a.m. has officially closed their regular service.
Jersey Digs has a heavy heart about this one, as we were the first to report on the popular restaurant’s expansion into Bergen-Lafayette back in 2016. Initially dubbed Oak on Pine before being renamed Sam a.m. Bergen-Lafayette, owners Samuel and Amanda Kirk brought a new feel to the neighborhood with their second restaurant.
The news was announced via an Instagram post that thanked those who shared meals and memories at the eatery during their two years in business. Sam a.m. will still have a presence in Jersey City, as their 112 Morris Street space will remain open.
“Although sudden, this change is something we need to do in order to give our families, guests and staff the attention they deserve through our Paulus Hook location,” the owners said. “We will now be available to you for private events, catering and community gatherings.”
Sam a.m. is surely a loss for the community of Bergen-Lafayette, who have seen their dining options grow considerably over the last two years. The Communipaw Avenue corridor has welcomed Harry’s Daughter, Pinwheel Garden, and Mordi’s Sandwich Shop during that time, while other spots like Hooked JC and The Factory have reimagined and revitalized spaces that had been dormant for quite a while.