Federal government should trust the public
“Let me take you down / I will show you all around / Let me take you down / Face down in Cabo, kissin’ the ground.”
– Lyrics from Van Halen’s “Cabo Wabo”
Harveys and Harrah’s gave Lake Tahoe a treat this weekend with the opening of Cabo Wabo, the second cantina to bear the name – the first in the USA. The business collaboration with former (and future) Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar has all the hallmarks of a win-win for the casino corridor and South Tahoe’s hospitality industry.
According to information from the casino, Cabo Wabo raked in more than $100,000 in its debut weekend, a strong showing by any measure. It didn’t hurt that the opening was surrounded by three days of concerts, a lot of publicity and of course some Lake Tahoe spring sunshine.
The opening of another high-profile restaurant/bar downtown is an indication that the renovated area is growing the local economy. Ticket sales were up at Heavenly this year – the resort showed a 22 percent rise in skier visits, bringing the number of people frequenting its South Shore slopes to 464,000 for the quarter. And the downtown project has been visibly drawing more and more visitors all the time. Tourists, along with the dollars they spend, will do business with surrounding merchants, and they’ll have a further incentive to come back: With every new draw, there is more for visitors to do locally.
So, raise your glass to Cabo Wabo, and wish it well. Everyone who makes their money from tourism stands to benefit.