Old Log Cabin + Former Speakeasy = New Fancy Diner
Sam’s Log Cabin is a tiny, yet surprisingly sophisticated diner in Albany set inside an 84-year-old wooden structure. Built as a private home ordered from a Sears Roebuck catalog, it's also been a speakeasy and a betting center according to chef/owner Rhasaan Fernandez and his business partner Mike Daillak, who have operated Sam’s for nearly four years. In this time Fernandez created a new menu and completely revamped the way food is made and served there, including using organic products and curing his own meat.
Sam’s has a backyard that’s full of potential, so Fernandez and Daillak have launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to try and make some significant improvements. Installing fruit trees and edible gardens will evolve the culinary program even further, but the pair also intend to build more outdoor seating and a stage to host outdoor events like movie nights and concerts. While they’ll be open to various styles of music, there are already a number of Americana acts on deck and Sundays will feature a bluegrass brunch. There are also goals to upgrade the restaurant itself with sorely needed appliances like a walk-in refrigerator and a brick oven. The goal is to raise at least $40,000 by July 31.
[Photo by Sam's Log Cabin]