New signage on the former La Hacienda building reports Sam’s Southern Eatery is “Coming soon.”

New signage at an Emporia business suggests a currently vacant building will soon be home to a new restaurant.

Signs for Sam’s Southern Eatery showed up at 1116 W. 6th Ave. Tuesday morning. The building is the former site of La Hacienda, which was closed due to a tax seizure in June 2018.

Sam’s Southern Eatery is a Louisiana-based chain specializing in southern cuisine such as seafood and wings. It is currently operating in more than 10 states.

The “About Us” section of the company’s website reads:

“Sam’s Southern Eatery was founded on an idea of bringing great Southern cuisine to the people. We wanted to be able to serve our special recipes and show the restaurant business that you can have amazing flavor and huge portions, all at a very reasonable price!

“In 2008 we opened our first location in Shreveport, Louisiana; we have now grown to over fifty-one locations in nine Southern states with over 750 employees. Offering high quality food, healthy eating options, and generous portions at competitive prices is what drives our success.”

The Gazette has reached out to Sam’s Southern Eatery representatives. We will have more information as it becomes available.

For more information, including a menu, visit

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They sure picked a nice building... I sure hope that they fumigate the heck out of that thing.


Oh wow, another fast food joint. Did the RDA bring us this blessing?

Bill free

Welcome to emporia. A much needed option for dining out

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