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Sammy's Island Bar & Grill in Roseville has closed, the restaurant announced on its Web site.

Sammy’s Island Bar & Grill closes its doors

February 16, 2015 – I’m saddened to announce to the Roseville community, our loyal customers and fans that Sammy’s Island Bar & Grill will be closing its doors. We were honored to play a part in their downtown revitalization program and are proud of what we’ve achieved together including raising more than $15 thousand dollars for the Placer Food Bank from our free outdoor concert and events.

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.

I’m very grateful to our staff, family and friends who have supported us. It’s been a great ride.


Sac Biz Journal editor Jack Robinson has a little more context.

Rocker-turned-restaurateur Sammy Hagar has closed his restaurant in downtown Roseville — only five months after it reopened....

The news is a blow to efforts to boost downtown Roseville, where the restaurant served as an anchor.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

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