A beloved downtown Victoria deli is closing its doors after nearly a half-century in business.

Sam’s Deli & Bistro, located at 805 Government St, will be shutting its doors for good this weekend, after 46 years of operation. Dog-Gone-It located next door and owned by the same people is also expected to close.

The iconic eatery has served up its famous made-to-order sandwiches, fresh soups and salads since 1972.

Located in the historic Belmont Building, Sam’s Deli was founded by Sam Bawlf in 1972 who at the time was a cabinet minister in the provincial government. In 1976, it was sold to Bruce and Barbara Housser who owned and operated it for 28 years.

Rogers’ Chocolates purchased the deli in 2004 who then sold it to Kate Phoenix in 2010.

Sam’s Deli & Bistro’s last day of service will be today, October 13, so head there ASAP to get your last taste of their famous chowder and legendary sandwiches.

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