Submitted by ub on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 09:20

Who would you say is City Island's most successful and influential local businessman?

Here are a few helpful hints. He's got local roots, he's thoughtful and humble, while he quietly concentrates on his own projects and prefers keeping a low profile.
However, as you will soon learn, Samuel Chernin has lot's to boast about. He's not only happily married to his wife Lauren, the woman he has always loved. He is also the loving father of three bright and talented children. Sammy is very proud of his two daughters, who are successful professionals and one son, who is currently attending college on the east coast.

At a time where some are cheering on Harvard alum, City Island Images would like to point out that Sammy also holds a Harvard University science degree. But his professional passion is clearly focused in the kitchen. Sammy owns five restaurant properties on City Island, three of which he also operates, along with two others in Rye, New York. Why is it that Sammy chooses to say that he is not to be a member of The City Island Chamber of Commerce? Why does he not attend City Island Civic Association meetings? We will answer these and other questions in subsequent reports.

Sam Chernin is a seaside and seafood buff, who enjoys plenty of local experience in casual dining establishments including, Sammy’s Fishbox, The Seashore Restaurant and Marina and Sammy’s Shrimp Box, and together with his partner, they run Seaside Johnnies and The Tikki Bar at Playland. Sammy proudly states that he strives for all of his clients to consistently rate their dining experience at all his restaurants an eight, not nine, or ten, but an eight. It turns out the number eight has some significance.

The Biblical meaning of the number 8- In Hebrew the number eight is (Sh'moneh), "to make fat," "to super-abound." So that as a numeral it is the superabundant number.

The number eight in Chinese culture represents a feeling of inclusion and success. Legend states that eight immortals were first humans who overcame the worldly challenges and confines to evolve into spiritual advanced beings. The Chinese deem number eight as a number of initiations and spiritual ascension because eights represent the forces within the world of phenomenon. That anything and everything is possible.

In future reports, City Island Images will provide additional details supporting why Sammy is not only the most successful businessman on City Island, but how he plans to grow his extremely successful organization.