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  • Writer's pictureDeirdre McCrohan

Sam’s Anchor Cafe celebrates a century on the bay


Prohibition had just been enacted in the U.S. when Sam Vella began slinging drinks on Tiburon’s shoreline. His bar — a wooden plank over a pair of sawhorses under a tent on the beach — would lay the foundation for the town’s landmark businesses: Sam’s Anchor Cafe. A century later, the bar and restaurant is the peninsula’s longest continuously operating eatery and a mainstay on Tiburon’s Main Street waterfront for locals and tourists alike, a place to see and be seen with its twin dining rooms and massive rear deck offering expansive views of the bay.

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