Sammy Hagar Hopes To Hit Jackpot With Vegas Cantina

Sammy Hagar is in talks with a Las Vegas casino company to open up a Sin City version of his popular Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico, his manager said.

The "red rocker" hopes to have the Vegas facility operating in about a year's time if all goes according to plan, manager Kenny Puvogel said.

Hagar will partner with Station Casinos, a chain whose holdings include the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nevada, about 15 minutes southeast of downtown Las Vegas. Plans call for a multilevel, 20,000 square foot cabaret to be incorporated into the Sunset Station complex. Live entertainment rooms in the complex currently include a 600-seat lounge and an amphitheater that can house up to 5,000.

Hagar — who plays his Mexican club several times a year, including his annual birthday bash every October — started the cabaret with his former Van Halen bandmates in 1990. The other members pulled out of the operation before Hagar left the group in 1996.

Since that time, Hagar also has started up a sideline marketing his own brand of Cabo Wabo tequila.

The singer hopes to make the announcement about the Vegas club at a free radio station concert at Las Vegas' Thomas and Mack Center on January 26. Roughly 15,000 tickets are being given away through the sponsoring station (KOMP 92.3), area casinos and other Las Vegas businesses.