• UAB community members mourn loss of Mr. Salman “Fat Sam” Shatara

    Photo of Fat Sam's Sub StationFat Sam's Sub Station is expected to remain open despite Salman Shatara's passing. Photo by Sarah Faulkner
    Sarah Faulkner -Editor-in-Chief

    Local deli owner Mr. Salman “Fat Sam” Shatara passed away Wednesday night at UAB Hospital from a blood clot related to injuries that he sustained in an automobile accident on April 8.

    After opening Fat Sam’s Sub Station in March of 1990 just down the road from UAB’s campus, Fat Sam became a member of the UAB community and displayed a variety of UAB-related memorabilia in his deli. Fat Sam’s Sub Station website is decorated with UAB colors and states that the restaurant has been serving UAB for over 25 years and is UAB’s “best local sandwich shop.” According to his eldest son Mitri in an AL.com article, Fat Sam will be buried with a UAB T-shirt.