Vintage SAMBO'S Restaurant Alameda wooden token good for a 10 cent cup of coffee at Sambo's anywhere

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Vintage SAMBO'S Restaurant Alameda wooden token good for a 10 cent cup of coffee at Sambo's anywhere
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$19.99
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Sambo's was the name of a famous chain of restaurants, started up by Sam Battistone and Newell Bohnett in 1957, and as best described by one of my favorite web sources, Wikipedia, "Though the name was taken from portions of the names of its founders, the chain soon found itself associated with The Story of Little Black Sambo. Battistone and Bohnett capitalized on the coincidence by decorating the walls of the restaurants with scenes from the book, including a dark-skinned boy and tigers."

By the time the 1970's were over, there were more than 1,200 Sambo's Restaurants in the U.S., but then quickly went bankrupt, leaving only one restaurant with the original name. Alongside bankruptcy issues came lawsuits, based on plagiarism issues and claims of discrimination with the hiring and promotion of employees. With all this turmoil, Sambo's items have become quite popular. As for the surviving restaurant, it was the original pancake house, where breakfast and lunch are still served daily in beautiful Santa Barbara, California - right nearby the beach, no less! Now run by Chad Stevens, the grandson of Sam Battistone, the hope is that one day there may be a revival of Sambo's Restaurants. In the meantime, you can take part in reliving a part of American history by purchasing some of their more collectible items, such as their wooden nickels which offered the recipient a free cup of coffee.