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    Default Hagar distances himself from Fresno Cabo Wabo

    By KSEE News

    Story Published: Nov 8, 2008 at 1:07 AM EST

    Story Updated: Nov 8, 2008 at 11:24 AM EST

    Following KSEE 24 News reports about financial problems at the Cabo
    Wabo restaurant at Granite Park in Fresno, Rocker Sammy Hagar issued
    a statement on Friday distancing himself from the Fresno operation.
    Hagar, who started the Cabo Wabo chain, said in the statement that he
    does not control the restaurant, but merely has licensed the Cabo
    Wabo name to Fresno businessman Milton Barbis, the man who is
    developing Granite Park. Former employees and contractors have told
    KSEE 24 News that Barbis owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars
    for unpaid work that has been done at Cabo Wabo in Fresno. "I
    understand that contractors involved in the Cabo Wabo Cantina project
    claim they have not been paid for work, and, frankly, I cannot
    understand how this could be possible given that Cabo Wabo is a huge
    success but, despite that, I am not happy with what I have been
    hearing," Hagar said in the statement. He also said that if issues
    are not resolved, he has the right to withdraw the licensing contract.

    News release from Sammy Hagar:

    CABO WABO FOUNDER, SAMMY HAGAR, RESPONDS TO RECENT ISSUES SURROUNDING
    CABO WABO CANTINA IN FRESNO, CA

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 7, 2008) – Entrepreneur and rock `n roll
    hall of famer Sammy Hagar responded to issues, today, presented by
    local news media regarding the newly opened Cabo Wabo Cantina in
    Fresno, California; stating that the issues are related to a company
    that has licensed the Cabo Wabo name and that he is not responsible
    for the actions or inactions of that licensee.

    "Given the controversies reported in media surrounding the Cabo Wabo
    Cantina in Fresno, I want to be very clear on one point -- the Cabo
    Wabo Cantina in Fresno is not owned or run by me or anyone associated
    with the Cabo Wabo organization, " stated Hagar. "Everyone in Fresno
    should be aware that the restaurant is owned and operated by a
    licensee, Fresno Rock Taco, LLC, which is controlled by Milton
    Barbis. I am in no way associated with the Granite Park development
    project."

    "Through our licensing agreement, I have granted the use of the Cabo
    Wabo name and logo, as well as my name and image to Fresno Rock Taco,
    LLC. If Mr. Barbis cannot meet the established guidelines for use of
    those trademarks, I am well within my rights to cancel the contract
    with his company. I hope I do not have to take such drastic actions
    as I would like the community of Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley to
    enjoy Cabo Wabo, but not at the expense of those who have worked to
    bring this to the area," concluded Hagar.

    "I understand that contractors involved in the Cabo Wabo Cantina
    project claim they have not been paid for work, and, frankly, I
    cannot understand how this could be possible given that Cabo Wabo is
    a huge success but, despite that, I am not happy with what I have
    been hearing," continued Hagar. "I pride myself in being true to my
    fans and associating my name with quality business ventures. For all
    those parties involved, I truly hope that the issues at hand can be
    resolved quickly and that the Cabo Wabo patrons will not be
    negatively impacted. Nothing is more important to me than protecting
    the fans who have embraced me for more than 40 years in the music
    business."

    Hagar entered into the licensing agreement with Fresno Rock Taco LLC
    on December 7, 2006. The Cabo Wabo Cantina officially opened its
    doors on August 29, 2008. Last week, Sammy Hagar played a free
    concert at the venue for nearly 1,000 Fresno-area fans

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    "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

    "This is a lttle prayer dedicated to the separation of church and state. I guess if they are going to force those kids to pray in schools they might as well have a nice prayer like this: Our Father who art in heaven, and to the republic for which it stands, thy kingdom come, one nation indivisible as in heaven, give us this day as we forgive those who so proudly we hail. Crown thy good into temptation but deliver us from the twilight's last gleaming. Amen and Awomen. ."

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    Sounds like he is doing what anyone else would do. He is protecting the Cabo Wabo brand. There isn't much he can do except pull the franchise rights.

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    I just read about this over at Sam's place. I'll post what i posted over there here also.

    Get out from under this Sam....
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    That sucks that the place is having problems. Hasn't even been around that long.
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    I havent been there yet i guess because im a homebody these days but everyone i talk too says that there is like a 2 hour wait just to get in on Friday and saturday nights. Bad bussiness.

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    Iam sure the recession isnt helping.

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    It's evident that the club is making money, and is prosperous. That is not the problem. What's at issue is several employees and contractors have not been paid for the work they have done.

    By coming out publicly, Hagar is showing some astute business prowess. Getting out in front of this thing is highly important in the risky game of public relations. Openly declaring his involvement with the club as being little more than a licensing agreement for his likeness may hurt his image a bit, yet in the long run insulates him from any lawsuits that may occur, brought by the former employees seeking payment of wages as well as restitution for damages.

    This isn't the first time that Hagar has been betrayed by a club manager misspending or misappropriating funds. He had similar difficulty with the original Cabo Wabo in Mexico. It would seem apparent that the guy may have learned a lesson or two from that experience.
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    Sam........one word:

    "Vegas".



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    Any business owner will tell you it takes a lot of work to establish a new business venture, it's a full time gig. And Sam is busy doing a million different projects at the same time - no surprise that there are some problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Any business owner will tell you it takes a lot of work to establish a new business venture, it's a full time gig. And Sam is busy doing a million different projects at the same time - no surprise that there are some problems.
    Sam doesn't have anything to do with it. He licensed the name and likeness'. The owner who bought the franchise rights is solely responsible for the debt he takes on. There is nothing for Sam to do. If the guy doesnt make it right in 15 days or whatever, yank the rights.

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    I was at the Fresno Wabo several weeks ago. It's a decent little place. Definitely larger than the one in Tahoe, though. A "B.B. King's Delta Blues Bar" is being built right next to it as well.
    "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

    "This is a lttle prayer dedicated to the separation of church and state. I guess if they are going to force those kids to pray in schools they might as well have a nice prayer like this: Our Father who art in heaven, and to the republic for which it stands, thy kingdom come, one nation indivisible as in heaven, give us this day as we forgive those who so proudly we hail. Crown thy good into temptation but deliver us from the twilight's last gleaming. Amen and Awomen. ."

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