Bob Sambol, the original Bob behind Bob’s Steak and Chop House, is opening another big-deal DFW steakhouse

Bob Sambol, the founder of Bob’s Steak and Chop House, built a mini-empire of steakhouses that spanned the country, including a prominent Bob’s outpost in downtown San Francisco.

Through a series of odd turns, Sambol parted with those restaurants but found his way back a couple of years ago, taking over his original location at 4300 Lemmon Ave. in Dallas through a licensing arrangement with the brand’s current owners.

Though all 14 Bob’s Steak and Chop House locations share the same name, only the Lemmon Ave. Bob’s is overseen by the original Bob.

Until next year.

Sambol has confirmed to EscapeHatch that he’s inked a deal to open another Bob’s Steak and Chop House in the 2,200-acre District 121 development on the northeast corner of Highway 121 and Alma Rd in McKinney. The restaurant will share the same menu, the same beverage program — and the same Bob — as the Lemmon Ave. restaurant. The 7,600-square-foot space will also incorporate a swanky cigar lounge.

“I’ll be there when I’m not at the Dallas location,” Sambol said. “We’ve been working on this deal for a long time.” The new Bob’s location is slated to open in April, 2023.

Sambol is an immensely talented restaurateur (and an EscapeHatch friend). Since taking over, insiders tell us he’s nearly doubled the Lemmon Ave. restaurant’s sales.

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