Say Goodbye to Samira

The riverfront restaurant closed its doors Monday due to a lack of business.

Due to a steadily diminishing customer base, Samira on the riverfront was forced to close its doors this week.

The bad news came Monday morning when the restaurant's management texted employees and asked them not to come in, according to a former server who asked not to be identified.  

On Wednesday, owner Nick Dadich offered a farewell message on Samira's Facebook page, saying: "We regret to announce that we have permanently closed the doors of Samira. We want to thank...every customer we’ve had the pleasure to serve, as well as the great bands we’ve hosted here. We appreciate your support, and we’ll miss you all. Thanks for the great memories!"

The casual, fine dining restaurant opened its doors in December of 2010 at 2291 Riverfront Pkwy., and focused on affordability after its predecessor, The River Brasserie and Bar, floundered from high prices and a somewhat stuffy atmosphere, said Dadich when Samira first opened. 

Cuyahoga Falls Deputy Director of Development Jennifer Syx is optmistic that another business will come along and take advantage of the spacious riverfront property, which originally served as a power plant decades ago.  

"...They had great food and a very pleasant atmosphere; and the beautiful riverfront view was spectacular," said Syx. "We will be sorry to see them go. Having said that, we will work with the property owner, as we do with all our businesses, to locate a new establishment there as quickly as possible."

Now that Samira is shuttered, what business should replace it? Tell us in the Comments!

Walt Dailey October 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Bad location. How many Restaurants have been there? I was never there and had no plans on going. I heard the prices were high and food was mediocre. Now Mels is different, good food, good service and extremely friendly.
Thomas Sullivan October 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Layoff notice via txt message , real classy ! A micro brew would be nice and it would fit within the decor rather well
Jack Kelly October 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
You don't get it. The purpose of a business is to bring people in from ALL over -- not to simply cater to you cheap skates in Cuyahoga Falls.
Jack Kelly October 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
You're not very bright either. It speaks volumes that the only thing the Falls should have is places to cater to your dollar-store mentality. Obviously the word "destination" is oblivious to you.
Jeff October 24, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I ate there with a friend in 2011. Food was mediocre, so we never went back. Pricing would not have made a difference. Something like Lockview (a unique place) here would be great.
Jack Kelly October 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
What promotion does the city give to the Riverfront establishments? They spent a lot of time and energy to make it look nice. How about PROMOTING IT?!
Greg Chapman October 24, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I would love to see a Micro Brew in there as well. The Building would be perfect for one.
Adam C. Miller October 24, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Heard a lot of bad things about that place... never went!
Chelsea October 24, 2012 at 05:44 PM
They charged too much for food that wasn't very good. You can't do that when you have Moe's right around the corner.
Frank Guernsey October 24, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Michael Symon's - B Spot Burgers is whats opening. The most expensive thing on their menu is 9-10 dollars. He should do just fine.
Melissa Bysura October 24, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Doesn't matter what goes in there, until they address the parking issues I will steer clear. I ate at Samira a few times and the food was fine, prices were ok, the part that I remember most though was fighting and waiting for a tiny parking spot. No thanks
Amanda Harnocz October 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I think lack of signage and accessibility are the most difficult things about the riverfront.
Shawn October 25, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I love the idea of a micro brewery that serves food.
Adam C. Miller October 25, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Moe's is AWESOME!
Kate Bigam October 25, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Oh, God, no. This is such a small-town thing to say. "PUT IN ANOTHER APPLEBEE'S!" It's a shame that Cuyahoga Falls residents can't appreciate good independent restaurants when they're presented to them. I'm not saying Samira was the perfect fit - I ate there twice & had average experiences both times - but there's so much beyond corporate that's tastier, healthier, & that, if successful, could benefit small business owners instead of big-name boxed store big-wigs.
Kate Bigam October 25, 2012 at 02:57 AM
A microbrewery would be amazing here! I bet something like that could actually do pretty well... If Rockin' on the River has taught us anything, it's that Fallsites like to drink. I agree about the layoff text. I really feel for those employees; what a crappy way to get the news that you need to find new employment.
Kate Bigam October 25, 2012 at 02:57 AM
There's an entire parking deck RIGHT across the street. It's, like, an extra 20 steps.
Kate Bigam October 25, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I went to Samira twice & had average to above-average experiences. The food was basic but not at all bad, the service a little spotty, the prices fine, the view beautiful. I'm sorry to see it go, but I'm hopeful that something with staying power will move in soon. As others have said, a microbrewery would be great - & any support the city can provide in actually spreading the word about independent restaurants & businesses in the area would be even better.
Earl Elevant October 25, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Each one of those restaurants has a location within a couple miles of Samira. It would make absolutely no sense to put another one there. Why not Hooters? Heh.
Lesley October 25, 2012 at 09:46 AM
I think the location could be very successful with the right advertising, sufficient signage, and a menu for everybody. Also, opening the place up a bit and adding some lightening and more windows overlooking the river would be really nice. My vote is for a sports bar or a micro brew.
Jack Kelly October 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM
That, too!
joe ponikarovsky October 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM
gotta say...lightening would indeed make it VERY exciting! not sure how many people would come back after the first visit though!
Ed Fisher October 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I must agree with those who suggest that a micro brewery may succeed there. The building has the "feel" for it. And, people will make it a destination spot.
Susan October 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Only went to Samira once - it was pretty empty so I'm not all that surprised that it's closing, though the bar/lounge seemed pretty full. Thought it was pretty pricey, just for flatbread and salad (salad was great! - flatbread not so much). I agree - a micro brewery would be a good candidate for the location
Rob Myers October 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Is this the old LaFever's building? The old powerhouse?
Geoffrey Watson October 25, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Rob, Yes it is.
Darla DeNiro October 25, 2012 at 01:43 PM
My dollar store mentality? Who do you think you are? LeBron James? Money is tight everywhere for everyone except Mitt Romney & his minions. How dare you diss me for not being wealthy!
Rob Myers October 25, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Well then I have to assume this location is going to be alot less appealing now that the falls aren't going to exist, eh? It's sad to see that they have to take them out, but that's another discussion.
Geoffrey Watson October 26, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I agree the view will be less appealing, but at least the people into white water rafting will enjoy the rapids.
email December 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I went there for my big birthday celebration dinner, I was so disappointed, it is hard to sum up the ridiculous experience; I'll try to keep it brief. The "soup" I think was supposed to be diluted, I got the concentrate..gross. We asked about bacon on the spinach salad, they said there was none, but it was served with bacon; at this point my son didn't want to bother trying something else, it was taking way too long. My pizza by chef "mike" was pasty and cold. They forgot the french fries two different times, but still brought them way after the entrees....COLD!!!!! Then, as if it wasn't bad enough, we all had stale desserts. The staff was rude, we were the only ones there and they couldn't get it right, and it cost us 96 dollars. UGH, good riddance.


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