Friday, June 27, 2014

Sammy Hagar to open restaurant at Southland Park

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 8:07 AM

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Former Van Halen frontman and best reason to drink Crystal Pepsi Sammy Hagar is bringing his signature booze-soaked dining experience to West Memphis with Sammy Hagar's Red Rocker Bar & Grill. The 150-seat sports bar is to be part of a $37.4 million expansion at Southland Park, the fully functional casino that also has some dog racing once in awhile.

"Working with Southland Park to develop Sammy Hagar's Red Rocker Bar & Grill has been a wonderful experience," said Hagar in a statement that was definitely not written by some PR hack, "And, I am really looking forward to the grand opening." 

During a stretch of years that has seen Hagar trade Van Halen lead-singer duties with "Diamond" David Lee Roth and Gary Cherone (no, really, look that up), Hagar has also been big into developing his line of liquors, namely Cabo Wabo tequila and Sammy's Beach Bar Rum. Hagar is also no stranger to the restaurant business, having opened the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and a total of five Sammy's Beach Bar and Grill restaurants for people who think that the Hard Rock Cafe is too bourgeois.

The redesign of Southland Park (including the new Guy Fieri Sammy Hagar restaurant) is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The redesign will include 250 new gaming machines in a state with a lottery where gambling is still illegal. No word on whether Hot Springs' Oaklawn Park will try to answer with their own 80's rock restaurant, but I'm sure Bret Michaels would be up for it. 

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