More than $11,000 has been donated toward the effort to help Sam’s Italian Sandwich Co. in Burlingame stay open and the online effort will close Monday.
Costs for improving the site it’s called home since 2005, at 1080 Howard Ave., coupled with chain stores moving to the area have created a challenging environment for the locally-owned shop. In March, an online effort to help the mom-and-pop shop was launched with the goal of raising $10,000. The money will help get owners Rino Betti and June Williams ahead of the curve. As of Friday, $11,035 was raised thanks to 96 donors from seven states.
The city of Burlingame has also offered support. Last month, the City Council altered its lease with Sam’s to help keep the shop open. The proposal lowers the monthly rent and calls for the city to use the $4,000 security deposit to pay delinquent rent and allow the tenant to pay $100 installments toward a new deposit of $2,000, according to the contract.
Sam’s Italian Sandwich Company, originally located at 297 California Drive in Burlingame, opened in 1972.
Rising rents moved the shop slightly down the road to the city-owned former Greyhound bus depot at the intersection of Howard Drive, California Drive and Highland Avenue.
To donate visit www.savesams.com.