The Beaten Path
With Jack Armistead
In my fun seeking travels around southside Hampton
Roads, one of my go-to spots is Sams Texas
Sub Shop on N. Colley Avenue.
The food is delicious and the conversation is interesting
as well as providing therpeutic enjoyment.
Sams is operated by Joseph W. Zaremski (call
him Joe) and Jennifer Croom (Jen). Sams was
an offshoot of San Antonio Sams, a popular
restaurant and bar in Ghent on Colley Avenue for
20 years. Joe was proprietor there for the last
10 years before he moved on. It was another great
spot with the Zaremski magic touch.
The walls of Sams will keep you occupied if
you are waiting for your lunch or dinner. One huge
side wall features numerous photos of customers
who have traveled around the world in Sams
Subs T-shirts. They strike a pose showing where
they are with the back of the shirts prominently
displayed. Many photos are of local landmarks including
the duck on the Hague in Ghent a couple of years
ago. The photos will make you smile.
Another wall is dedicated to Joes late Dad,
Joseph E. Zaremski, who began an art career in retirement
at age 80. Joes Dads friend, Dorothy
Hudgins, an artist herself, pushed him to pursue
art. And he was terrific at it. Some of his pieces
are prominently displayed above. Joes Dad
passed away four years later at 84. He left his
mark with art that appeared fun and enjoyable to
The T-shirt craze on the wall began when Joe and
Jen opened the shop for Joes sons eight years
ago. It continues today. I will take my Sams
Subs T-shirt with me this summer when I pursue another
travel photography journey. It all began when Joel
Norcini an employee of OSullivans across
the street at the time, brought in a photo of himself
in a Sams T-shirt at Disney World soon after
the shop opened.
Sams Subs enjoys a loyal customer base consisting
of ODU staffers, coaches and players
and many nearby residents. Its a fun stop.
The shop opened when North Colley Avenue only had
a few well known businesses like OSullivans
and Fellinis and Westside Produce and Provisions.
That part of Colley is now thriving with many other
popular businesses opening since then. See you at
Sams! Look for my T-shirt!