That Was Maxim Magazine Then, This Is the World Now

Tennessean food columnist Jim Myers turns some personal time into proactive journalism.

In the March 2011 issue of Maxim magazine, a portion of “16 Best Sports Bars in America” about Sam’s Sports Grill, formerly located in Tennessee near the campus of Vanderbilt University, read as follows:

Resident bartender knowledge: How to pick up local chicks. ‘Get ’em hammered! Everyone’s really friendly because it’s a college town. Vanderbilt is right next to us, so cheer for their team.’

The Hillsboro Village location closed following a fire in 2015. However, at the affiliated Sam’s Place in Belle Meade, a framed display in the restrooms highlights that text as well as the cover of the March 2011 issue and voted honor. Jim Myers, food columnist for The Tennessean, wrote to management about the display after paying a recent visit to the bar. Somewhat to his surprise, he received the following response:

I heard back from Bob Tappan, the director of operations for Sperry’s restaurants and the six Sam’s locations. His response was as decisive as it was thoughtful.

“I’m the Director of Operations for Sam’s and a father of two teenage daughters, one of which is away in college. I had never given much thought to the blurb on the plaques; for us the plaque was more about our little spot being nationally recognized. After reading your email, I went straight to the restrooms to read the blurb again. I now believe you have a valid point and I’m having a trophy company fabricate small black metal pieces to go over the Blurb. I want to thank you for bringing this to my attention,” he responded through email.

Read the rest of Myers’ piece here.

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