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‘Red Rocker’ reopens Tahoe’s Cabo Wabo Cantina

Susanne Haala
Susanne Haala / Tahoe Daily TribuneRock star Sammy Hagar tastes a shot of his "Sammy's Beach Bar Rum" Friday at Harveys Lake Tahoe at the grand re-opening of Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Rock legend Sammy Hagar came live on stage at Harveys Lake Tahoe Friday afternoon to celebrate the eighth anniversary and grand reopening of his famous Cabo Wabo Cantina, introducing his new invented drink and food specials.

The Mexican bar and restaurant got significantly remodeled and improved over the last winter.

“After eight years, it’s like the place is getting beat up and when you turned on the lights it scared us a couple times last year,” said Sammy Hagar.

“But we finally got it done and now it looks awesome and the food never tasted better. I’m happy,” he said.

Music for the reopening was played by the San Francisco surf band, Trivalve, which played instrumental rock songs from their album “Trixie.”

During his appearance at the Cantina, Hagar, knows as The Red Rocker, also launched his new premium adult beverage, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum. The premium, small-batch rum from Maui, Hawaii, is made from Hawaii’s finest sugarcane, and just became available outside of Hawaii.

“Sammy has a house on Maui and spends a lot of time over there,” John Packer, Director of PR and Entertainment at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harveys Lake Tahoe said to explain the new Hawaiian influence at Sammy’s Cabo Wabo menu.

Sammy and his band Chickenfoot performed yesterday and will play again tonight across the street at Harrah’s.

“The Cantina got remodeled at a cost of over a quarter million dollars,” Packer said.

“Just a few of the improved Cabo Wabo Cantina features include a new entertainment stage, which is now twice the size of the old one and holds over 700 people and also includes a VIP area,” he said.

Ceilings got raised, remodeled and got enlarged with a restaurant area and a dance floor. New, redesigned fixtures, furniture and equipment, and a three-panel video wall are now stationed at the Cantina’s entrance.

The menus were also expanded and include Sammy’s Sushi with five choices of fresh sashimi prepared in “Baja style;” Sammy’s Sliders and “Halfway to Memphis,” a fill rack of Chipotle Pork Ribs and Sammy’s “VOA” Burger.

All of the new items were presented at the opening day in form of little tastings prepared by the chefs.

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