For cafe's namesake owner Sam Amato, 'if you felt at home, that’s all he cared about'

Jul 25, 2017 985

BY: Michael O'Connor

When you’d step inside his restaurant, you’d likely see Sam Amato greeting folks by name and pulling up a chair to gab. “He would get your name and life story,’’ said his son Tony Amato. “If you felt at home, that’s all he cared about.”

Sam Amato, who with his wife, Ann, owned Amato’s Cafe & Catering, died Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center. He was 75. He was hospitalized last week after developing influenza, which led to multiple organ failure, his son said.

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