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Sam’s on the South Boston Waterfront to close Aug. 31 and reopen next door in November

It was never meant to be there forever, but Sam’s, the restaurant above the Louis store on the South Boston Waterfront, will be closing Aug. 31.

The popular dining spot won’t be gone for long. It will be moving next door into a new building, Twenty Two Liberty, that is under construction and slated to open in November.

But will the 70-seat restaurant still have those unbeatable vistas of the harbor and city?

“Yes, the view is as good,” attests co-owner Esti Parsons.

The new location will be on the ground level instead of the second floor, which Parsons believes actually improves the ambience.


“You feel a lot closer to the water,” she said. “I didn’t think it would feel more being on the water than this.”

Sam’s, along with Louis and a Mario Russo salon, have been housed in a temporary structure that developer Joe Fallon built in 2010. He inked 10-year leases, but the booming real estate market is forcing him to take back the land sooner than expected to keep up with demand for luxury condos in the Seaport District.

Fallon offered all the tenants space in his Twenty Two Liberty complex. Debi Greenberg, the daughter of longtime owner Murray Pearlstein, decided to close the Louis retail store in July and retire. Both Sam’s and Mario Russo decided to take up Fallon’s offer.

Mario Russo will close its Seaport salon on Aug. 15, and during the transition, customers can get their hair done at the flagship location on Newbury Street.

Shirley Leung is a Globe columnist. She can be reached at shirley.leung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @leung.