Cabo Wabo Cantina - Who better to tell the story of Cabo Wabo Cantina than Mr. Cabo Wabo himself, Sammy Hagar. And I
quote: La Cantina Cabo Wabo has generated enormous curiosity since the day it opened. At first, it was because of the time and place. In 1990, Cabo San Lucas was small enough for such an elaborate nightclub. Later, when this city at the tip of Baja California became the premier vacation destination that it is today, it seemed as if he had looked into a crystal ball.
The truth is that the concept was evolutionary and the reality that it has become is based on small steps, many mistakes, some good people and a lot of luck.
Jorge looked at me with the courtesy that Latinos reserve for dreamers. But I persisted and only convinced him that I was serious after I brought him to the States and had him as my guest at a concert in San Diego.
By then, he was in Van Halen and had written the song "Cabo Wabo" with Eddie Van Halen. But the Cantina was always my project and not the band's
Jorge and I started buying properties. When we had the property we wanted, we held a competition among local architects in Cabo San Lucas. The winner was Marco Monroy. I was happy that it was Marco, because he and I had already become friends. When Marco brought his design to me in Los Angeles, I was impressed, but didn't notice that his measurements were in square meters and not square feet!
During construction, Van Halen was on tour and Jorge was handling the details. So when I first saw the Cantina, it was almost finished. "I can't believe it's that big," I told Marco. “This is too big for Cabo San Lucas. But I like it.'
Of course, I wanted a monster opening that included MTV coverage. As Van Halen was going to participate on my behalf to make the grand opening an important event, I felt a sense of camaraderie. It seemed appropriate to offer the other members of the band financial participation in the project. They accepted.