ROSEVILLE, CA- A restaurant licensed by rock legend Sammy Hagar that opened last year with$2.1 million in redevelopment loans shut down without warning over the weekend, two weeks after one of the partners disappeared.
A sign in the window of Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar and Grill on Vernon Street blames "unforeseen events" for the sudden closure.
The president of the Downtown Roseville Merchants organization, who owns a tea room across the street, said he was as surprised as anyone.
"We had no warning it was going to close," said Scott Alvord, owner of A Dash of Panache.
Friends of restaurant partner Stephen Pease, 57,said they haven't seen him since Oct. 25 and that his last phone call or text message was on the 27th.
"We just hope he's safe," said longtime friend and Sacramento radio personality Kat Maudru.
Although Pease apparently broke off contact with friends and family, he was seen in Mendocino County a week after vanishing from Roseville.
Fort Bragg police chief Scott Mayberry said Pease spent the night of Nov. 2 at the Surf and Sand Lodge and checked out the following day.
Roseville police have taken a missing persons report, but spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said there's no evidence Pease's disappearance was anything other than voluntary.
Maudru said the family has determined Pease rented a silver Chevrolet Captiva with Oregon license platesfrom Avis that was due back on Nov. 5 but was not returned.
Property records show Pease and business partner Jon Yip received two redevlopmentloans to open the restaurant.
A loanfor $650,000 to buy the building was recorded in June 2008 by theRoseville City Redevelopment Agency, and a loan of $1.5 million to build out therestaurantwas recorded in February 2012 by the Roseville Community Development Corporation (RCDC).
The RCDC was formed in January 2012 when the state of California dissolved the city's redevelopment agency.
Although the city of Roseville is the sole member of the RCDC, executive director Chris Robles said the corporation is not a public agency and he could not discuss details regarding repayment of the loans.
Pease and Yip were planning to open a second Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant this winter at the Roseville Galleria.
Yip could not be reached for comment, and a spokesperson for the Hagar restaurant organization did not immediately return an email.
According to the Metrolist Multiple Listing Service, Pease put his Roseville home on the market last month for $765,000 but the listing was pulled Monday.
Lyon Roseville agent Marcia Tucker told News10 she could not discuss the circumstances.
Maudru said she has known Pease for more than 20 years but knew little about his business dealings.
She said her only focuswas trying to find her friend.
"I'm just hoping somebody who knows something we have overlooked sees this and maybe puts a puzzle piece together," she said.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net