Business boon for Harveys |

Business boon for Harveys

Amanda Fehd
Ben Martin / Tahoe Daily Tribune Sammy Hagar, with wife Kari, chats with the media at the opening of Harveys' Cabo Wabo on Friday evening, always maintaining a humorous demeanor.

Sammy Hagar cut the ribbon to Cabo Wabo Cantina and retail store at Harveys Resort Casino at 12:30 p.m. Friday in front of a crowd of hundreds who filled the tunnel and hallways around the bar.

The first U.S.-based, Hagar-backed cantina made $56,000 in revenue the first two days, and the retail store made $49,000, record revenues for any restaurant in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe or Harveys, said Chris Jorcin, vice president for food and beverage at Harrah’s and Harveys.

“I think it has been a huge overwhelming success, a lot better than anyone could expect,” Jorcin said. “So far it’s been a pretty incredible opening.”

The crowd filled the cantina throughout the weekend, with fans waiting for up to an hour for a spot in the restaurant and bar.

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Kim Grant and Christine Mann, both of St. Louis, stood in line at the small retail shop wrapped in red feather boas, arms piled high with T-shirts for friends back home. The self-proclaimed professional groupies have been following Hagar since the early 1980s.

“It’s great that he has a Cantina stateside; you don’t have to go to Cabo,” Grant said. She and Mann were two of 50 fans that Hagar had behind him on stage for the four Harrah’s concerts.

Matt Slowik stood in line for a spot to sit down in the restaurant Saturday. He came to see Sammy from his home town of Fontana. Slowik has vacationed in Cabo San Lucas every year for the past 10 years.

“It’s wild. It’s the best place I would recommend anyone go on vacation,” he said.

Slowik grew up with Sammy’s family as neighbors.

“My first recollection of Sammy’s budding stardom was when his niece came to school and said, ‘My uncle’s going to be a rock star.’ That was when he was about to start with Montrose and I’ve been following him ever since.”

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