By Rene De La Cruz
A popular Apple Valley bar and restaurant that once hosted concerts by various country singer look-a-likes and ’70s teen idol Leif Garrett closed its doors on Nov. 6, after six years of operation, according to owner Renee Anne Vicary.
“We tried everything that we could, but we just couldn’t drum up enough business in Apple Valley to stay open,” said Vicary, who owns Angels Roadhouse 2 and several adult-centered businesses in Southern California.
Workers from a local alarm company beefed up the bar’s security system last week while a Century 21 realty sign stood outside the bar on John Glenn Road and Highway 18.
“I own the building and the property, so I plan to lease it out,” said Vicary, a Corona resident. “I could never find the right bartender or manager, so hopefully the next owner will have success.”
After using the restaurant for several meetings, tea party organizer Clint Air said he was given news of the closing through a third party.
“They didn’t even give me notice, so we had to move our next meeting to Gators,” Air said. “One day they’re open, and the next day they’re gone.”
Meanwhile, Vicary says despite all sorts of rumors, she’s not in prison and doesn’t plan on going there.
Speculation of Vicary’s incarceration may stem from the bar owner’s recent run-in with the law.
In June, Vicary was charged with six felonies, including worker’s compensation insurance fraud and tax evasion, according to a Riverside District Attorney press release.
Search warrants were served at Vicary’s Corona home, several financial institutions and all four of her businesses.
Vicary was charged by the DA’s Office with six felonies after multiple-agency audits found losses in excess of $340,000.
Vicary’s case is still active and awaits a preliminary hearing.
The bar owner has a felony settlement conference on Dec. 14 at the Hall of Justice in Riverside, according to John Hall, senior public information specialist with the DA’s office.
“This is not about tax evasion, it’s about Workmans Comp,” Vicary said. “They are saying that my independent contractors were employees, but they weren’t.”
After speaking with her attorney, Vicary said that she is going to take her case to the Supreme Court.
“I’m not a quitter, so I’m going to fight this,” said Vicary, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
If convicted as charged, Vicary faces up to 14 years and four months in prison.
Vicary’s Corona bar was featured on Spike TV’s “Bar Repair” in July 2011.