Rocker Sammy Hagar has announced that after three years of partnering with Caesars Entertainment on Sammy Beach Bar & Grill, he is pulling out of the Atlantic City venture. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the beachfront bar was one of the few casino properties to sustain serious damage, but it seemed for the past several months that the bar would make its comeback for 2013. Now, though, Hagar's spokeswoman has released a statement explaining the rocker "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."
But, never fear, the Bally's beach bar isn't going anywhere. While Caesars Entertainment spokeswoman Katie Dougherty said earlier this year that the bar would reopen in time for its summer season, she now tells the Associated Press that the bar will reopen in May simply as Bally's Beach Bar. She further explains, "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." Here is Hagar's full statement:
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. Since opening in May 2010, the restaurant had been a popular boardwalk destination until it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. While Hagar continues to explore a new partnership in the region, he and his Hagar Family Foundation will remain committed to the Atlantic City community through which he has supported local children's charities for the last several years.