Ghosts of Dallas: Sammy’s Terrace Restaurant, 1940s

A look back at shinier days for this Lower Greenville site.


Mark Rice submitted this week’s images. They show the site of Sammy’s Terrace Restaurant, at 1601 Greenville Avenue, just south of Ross Avenue. He writes:

“Sammy’s Terrace was built in 1941 and was a well-known eatery throughout the ‘40s and prospered until the late ‘50s. The Greenville Avenue area had a thriving motion picture scene back then with the nearby Arcadia, Granada and others, and Sammy’s was a favorite after-theater option. It was run by the Messina family. The site is occupied today by the Monterrey Mexican restaurant.”

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  • AmyS

    There were at least two other Sammy’s locations: the original, down and across the street from the Terrace restaurant, and a family dining restaurant built in a new building in Highland Park Village. The above Sammy’s was renown in it’s day for being a late night habitue of actors and performers, an “after the show” hangout for those in the business.

  • Mr. Greenville

    Lower Greenville = S. of Mockingbird, N. of Belmont.
    LOWEST Greenville = S. of Belmont, N. of Ross

    • El_Rey_Dallas

      So is Ross to Bryan considered LOWESTest Greenville? What about when it becomes Munger? Or S Barry Street? Or Crosstown Expressway? Or South Fitzhugh Avenue?
      Let’s not even begin to try to name the mess of Greenville through Plano (Ave K, Municipal Ave, Plano Pkwy)… At least Allen and Fairview keep it as Greenville until you get to McKinney.
      Come on Mr. Greenville… We need answers!

  • Mr. Greenville

    South of Ross = Munger Historic District
    North of Mockingbird – Upper Greenville
    Plano and all points North = Siberia


  • Mary Thacker Forbes

    Actually the last Sammy’s was in Inwood Village, not Highland Park Village,

  • Danny Smit

    There was one in the Westcliff Mall in Oak Cliff in the 1960’s, AmyS.