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Kittanning, Pennsylvania: Sam: Muffler Man Holding a Hamburger

A unique Muffler Man combining a cowboy and gas station attendant, holding a large burger. "Sam" has supposedly stood here since 1962, which would make him one of the oldest original Muffler Men.

Cadet Restaurant

13514 US-422, Kittanning, PA
Cadet Restaurant. East of town, on the north side of US-422 just east of PA-28/66.
Restaurant open M-F 7-2 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Sam the Hamburger Man

Sam is back and the Cadet Restaurant is open! Home of the Poorboy sandwich, the Cadet was founded in 1952. It was one of the first restaurants where you ordered from your car and girls delivered your food to you.

[dave, 04/23/2022]

Sam the Muffler Man.

Cowboy Muffler Man Holding Hamburger

The Cadet Restaurant has a giant hamburger-holding cadet welcoming you!

[Heather Manges, 08/19/2019]

"Sam" is a unique Muffler Man, with his gas-station attendant uniform, cowboy hat, and big burger.

Still selling burgers at the Cadet Restaurant.

Muffler Man Holding a Hamburger

Outside of the Cadet Restaurant stands a Muffler Man wearing a western hat and holding a hamburger. [Patrick Southam, 05/27/2017]

According to the restaurant, "Sam" has stood outside since 1962, although he was down for a dozen years (1990-2002) after he was decked by a Ford Bronco.

Muffler Man.

Cowboy Muffler Man "Sam"

"Sam" is indeed proudly standing in front of the Cadet Cafe - we stopped and had lunch at this informal spot (cooking shows playing on TV for the guests) and the food was all made-to-order and wonderful. Friendly staff makes this a "must" when you discover yourself in this particular neck o' the woods. Lots of fracking water trucks sometimes congest parking lot...

[Bruce, 06/10/2012]

Cadet Restaurant and Muffler Man.

Muffler Man with Burger

The Kittanning Muffler Man in front of the Cadet Restaurant is still doing his thing...selling those burgers. Stop in for a look and a lunch!

[John Holmes, 10/04/2009]

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