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A popular Des Moines restaurant that closed unexpectedly in March will be reopened by a local restaurateur at the end of summer.

Sambetti's, located at 1430 Second Ave. in Des Moines, was purchased by Steve McFadden, owner of the local Grumpy Goat Tavern chain with four locations, Tipsy Crow Tavern in downtown Des Moines and Mickey’s Irish Pub & Grub in Clive. Sambetti's will be the restaurant group's seventh restaurant. 

McFadden plans to have the restaurant reopened by late August or early September. 

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"We are very excited to announce that we are adding another restaurant to our amazing group," the Facebook post read. "We have purchased Sambetti’s and will take possession later this month. We are honored to carry on the Sambetti’s name and culture as the late Paul Strome had intended it to be. Paul created an amazing place in Sambetti’s where you were treated like family each and every time you walked in the doors. From approachable food to cold beers we are proud to get the opportunity to operate Sambetti’s as Paul and his family had for many years."

Sambetti's closed in early May, a little more than a month after its owner, Paul Strome, passed away suddenly following a heart attack on March 25. Sambetti's had a rich history in Des Moines spanning decades.

Strome bought the restaurant from his parents in 1985 and moved it to its current location in 1992. Those who knew Strome best say he had a giant personality.

The restaurant was known for its relaxed atmosphere and approachable food like sausage sandwiches, burgers with crinkle fries, hot wings and its always-available free popcorn. And it was known for Strome.

"Everything will stay the same," McFadden said. "It's a promise we made to (Paul Strome's) family."

McFadden said he hopes to have employees of Sambetti's back to work at the restaurant. Several core staff members had worked at Sambetti's for 10 to 25 years. 

"We're nervous," McFadden said. "We have big shoes to fill for what he had done there." 

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