Sammy’s Island Bar & Grill on Monday told customers via its website that the downtown Roseville restaurant was closing.
The city of Roseville in 2012 had high hopes for the bar and grill as the first new business brought to town using a city-created nonprofit development corporation, but the establishment had difficulties. Founding owner Steve Pease was in default of the redevelopment loan at the time of his unexpected death in 2013. The restaurant was reopened in September by musician Sammy Hagar, whose name gave the restaurant its theme.
In December Hagar administered the oath of office for the swearing in of Roseville’s mayor, Carol Garcia, who had tapped the rock musician because of his investment in the revitalization of the city’s downtown.
In a note dated Feb. 16, the restaurant’s website said, “As my fans and customers know, when our restaurants are successful we donate our profits back to local charities – that’s always been our overall goal with The Island restaurant but regretfully after almost two years we have not been able to achieve that in Roseville.”
The restaurant’s Facebook page reports the status as “permanently closed.”