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!

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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