Tucked into a quiet corner of the Harwood District, Magnolias: Sous le Pont was one of the first coffee shops I showed visiting friends after I moved here from California. Its cozy décor and seasonal lattes (at that time my favorite pick was a Cheerio Latte) make it a great place for a quick chat or meeting. The latter portion of its name, sous le pont, means “under the bridge” in French, describing its locale under Harwood’s bridge 2727, just north of the Rolex building.

On this day, I opt for a creamy flat white for my meeting with Sam Romano, son of renowned restaurateur Phil Romano, the man behind Oak Lawn market Eatzi’s, chain concepts Fudruckers and Macaroni Grill, and Uptown Steakhouse Nick & Sam’s. The 25-year-old took over management of Nick & Sam’s earlier this year. Over a black coffee (his “go-to in the morning”), he shares his perspectives on his famous father, his goals for the restaurant, and more.

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