Sam’s Back and Sligging!

DC’s libation legend, Sambonn Lek (aka Sam) — renowned as DC’s original “celebrity” bartender — is back behind an inside-the-beltway bar!

Returning to DC after a year in his native Cambodia*, the mixologist will be serving up his signature “Sam I Am” martinis — and those infamous magic tricks — at the popular 14K Restaurant & Lounge within the historic Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel at 14th and K Streets NW..

“The District will always have a special place in my heart,” said Sam via a press release announcement of his return. “I have truly missed the people of Washington, DC and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces from behind the bar at 14K Restaurant & Lounge.”

*Sam has spent the past nine months in Cambodia, overseeing Sam Relief, Inc., an organization he founded in 1999 that has helped to build 27 schools and 345 wells, delivered 100 tons of rice to a local hospital and funded local university scholarships.

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