Longtime partners Steve Gunter and Pat Casey have reached an agreement to essentially buy each other’s interest in their Sam Snead’s restaurants and Tap Room at Dubsdread. Casey, who developed the idea for what was initially called Sam Snead’s Tavern, will assume Gunter’s ownership in the Maitland and Port St. Lucie Snead’s they owned together. Gunter will buy out Casey’s interest in the Tap Room at Dubsdread.
Gunter and Casey took over the restaurant space in the Dubsdead clubhouse in 2002. A parade of restaurants had tried to operate there over the years but none could make a go of it. (One of the restaurants I suggested might want to change its name to Dubsdreadful.) Casey and Gunter did not recreate a Sam Snead’s concept with Tap Room, but they brought enough of the qualities to the space, including offering good food (the Tap Room Burger is one of the best in town), good service and a casual, no-attitude atmosphere.
In a letter that Gunter sent to friends and Tap Room guests, he said: “I told someone earlier today that I consider myself blessed in that every day I have the privilege of waking up eager to go to work. I love what I do and who I do it with - and not many people get to say that. Our staff at Dubsdread led by Barbara Teal, Cathie Ashby and Tom Stewart are a remarkably hard-working and loyal group and I simply wanted to be here every day as opposed to dealing with our three stores.”
Gunter told me that one of his plans is to expand the outside catering business. His banquet space is a favorite for weddings.