Okinawa City, Okinawa-ken, Japan
Opened in the early '70s
Sam's By The Sea
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Sam's By The Sea is owned by three brothers, Mark, Wyatt and Alan Payne. The trio moved to Okinawa from their original home in Hawaii when their father Ray's employer, Coca-Cola, relocated the family there. It opened in either 1970 or 1973.
Sam's By The Sea is located in an old yacht club, and still has the club's original bar. The restaurant resembles the interior of an old ship, and a long canoe is suspended over the dining room. A large Ku carving serves as a sign out front, and there is at least one big Papua New Guinea carving.
The restaurant has been a regular destination for American servicemen stationed in Okinawa for decades. It is a Teppan yaki-style restaurant. The female waitstaff are dressed in revealing sailor outfits. Drinks are served in souvenir mugs.
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