Chef-partner Samir Dhurandhar will continue to lead the kitchen.
Sam Romano is the new majority owner and general partner of Nick & Sam’s Uptown Steakhouse in Dallas.
If his name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the 25-year-old son of Phil Romano, who started Eatzi’s, Macaroni Grill, Fuddruckers and Nick & Sam’s. When the steakhouse opened in 1999, it was named for the operators’ young sons, Nick and Sam.
Now, Sam is all grown up (and Nick’s family is no longer involved in the business), so half of its namesake has been charged with leading the steakhouse as of Jan. 18, 2022.
Diners can expect to see the younger Romano in the dining room, a spokeswoman says. Sam Romano doesn’t have plans to change the concept, however. Samir Dhurandhar, the chef-partner from the restaurant’s beginning, will continue in his role.
Phil Romano says in a statement that his son was “born for this.” The longtime Dallas restaurateur had been grooming Sam Romano for the job for several years, since he graduated from Syracuse University.
The nearly 23-year-old restaurant is a see-and-be-seen spot in Dallas where celebrities often dine — still, even two decades after it opened. An evening here can be flamboyantly fun, though prices can get sky high. One of Dallas’ most expensive dishes, a Wagyu sampler called the Stairway to Heaven, is available at Nick & Sam’s for the shocking price of $800.
In the past few years, Sam Romano has also become a partner at one of his dad’s other businesses, the restaurant park in West Dallas called Trinity Groves.
Despite the change in leadership, Phil Romano is not retiring. Perhaps he never will.