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Sam’s Food & Spirits rebounds from fire, will reopen in Clarksville

by Kevin Gibson

Plantation Montrose in Clarksville.

Plantation Montrose in Clarksville

Sam’s Food & Spirits, which was devastated by a fire on Dec. 10, 2013, announced it will reopen in Clarksville at the historic Plantation Montrose.

The New Albany mainstay, located at 3800 Payne Koehler Road in New Albany, opened in 1985, but the blaze put the restaurant’s future in question. (Sam’s also has a location in Floyds Knobs, which remains in operation.)

As it turns out, owner Sam Anderson also has a stake in Plantation Montrose, and according to an email announcement, the full Sam’s menu will be available there every Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., during Lent beginning March 14. Later in the spring, Sam’s will open Monday through Friday at the plantation, but a specific date has not been set.

The menu, according to the announcement, will have a few “tweaks,” and a full bar will be available. The menu at Sam’s features primarily American cuisine staples such as steaks, sandwiches, burgers, seafood and chicken, along with a few pizzas and Italian dishes.

Sam's Food & Spirits in New Albany following the December fire. (Photo by Rob Marlin)

Sam’s Food & Spirits in New Albany following the December fire
(Photo by Rob Marlin)

Plantation Montrose, located at 318 W. Lewis & Clark Pkwy., was built in 1870 and is also known as the John McCulloch House. The house was unused for many years before being restored in the 1990s to become Major McCulloch Steakhouse. It later was the home for Sunset Grille and, more recently, Stratto’s, before being transformed into an event facility.

Plantation Montrose can accommodate approximately 350 people and will remain available for private events such as parties and wedding dinners. There is also a courtyard with a fountain where wedding ceremonies can be held.

McCulloch, the house’s original owner, was one of the wealthiest people in Clark County during his lifetime. He died in 1895.

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