SAN DIEGO – Two weeks after former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau was found dead in his Oceanside home, the Mission Valley restaurant that bears his name closed, a trustee announced Wednesday.
Trustee Bette Hoffman, who formerly was the director of the Junior Seau Foundation and former vice president of Seau’s of San Diego LLC, announced the closure of the popular sports bar.
“Without Seau’s charismatic leadership, it was felt that the future profitability of the restaurant could be in question,” Hoffman released in a statement.
All employees will be paid accordingly along with their accrued vacation commitments, she said.
The 14,500 square foot venue opened in 1996 and was a popular place to watch NFL games on Sundays.
Junior’s children and trustees extended their gratitude to patrons and their continued support.
"I'm shocked," said Nathan Turnwall. He worked as a bus boy at the restaurant, and he got the same notice every other employee did.
"No idea it was coming," said Turnwall.
People took pictures and felt heavy hearts as they read the statement posted on the restaurant's doors.
"We already lost him, why close the doors," asked Anne Wilson.
"They say they're trying to keep his legacy alive, this is putting an end to it," said Dionne Houston.
"I don't understand reasoning," said Adrian Crozier. "If you want to honor him, you keep it open."
Now some are questioning if Seau's restaurant was financially in trouble.
"This adds questions to what happened," said Houston.