Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Sammy Hagar Won’t Redo Beach Bar Damaged by Sandy

Right now, Sammy Hagar is looking for a new place to open a beach bar.

Sammy Hager
David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar (right) (Scott Gries, Getty Images)

The former Van Halen singer, who now fronts the band Chickenfoot, says on his website he couldn’t reach a deal with the casino company that owns a bar that had been known as Sammy’s Beach Bar for the past three years.

“Following months of ongoing discussions, Sammy Hagar has regretfully been unable to come to terms with Caesars Entertainment on the rebuilding of the Sammy Beach Bar & Grill at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino,” the rocker wrote on his web site. “Since opening in May 2010, the restaurant had been a popular boardwalk destination until it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.”

Katie Dougherty, a spokeswoman for Caesars Entertainment, said the bar was damaged by the Oct. 29 storm but was not destroyed. It will be open in May under the name Bally’s Beach Bar.

“While Bally’s has enjoyed the partnership with Sammy Hagar, the decision to reopen this coming May as Bally’s Beach Bar, is purely financial in nature,” she said.

Hagar, whose nickname is the Red Rocker, was a regular visitor to Atlantic City, stopping in at the bar when he played one of the casinos or Boardwalk Hall.

Last May, he stopped there to donate $10,000 to St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church for its food pantry, which feeds some of Atlantic City’s poor. While there, he also couldn’t resist needling the current lineup of Van Halen, featuring the man he replaced, David Lee Roth, which had just postponed dozens of shows without giving a reason.

“I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner, Hagar said at the time. “I lost money on that bet!”

Hagar also operates beach-themed bars in locations including Maui; at airports in Las Vegas and New York; St. Louis; and Roseville, Calif.


(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.