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Junior Seau's restaurant, popular with sports fans, closes

May 16, 2012 |  5:06 pm

Seau'sSeau's the Restaurant, a sports-themed establishment opened by football star Junior Seau in 1996, has closed permanently.

An announcement was made Wednesday by trustees of Seau's estate that, "Without Seau's charismatic leadership, it was felt that the future profitability of the restaurant could be in question."

Seau, 43, an NFL star for 20 seasons, was found dead May 2 of a self-inflicted gunshot at his home in Oceanside.

"The estate has taken measures to ensure that all employee payroll and accrued vacation commitments are honored," according to the announcement.

The 14,500-square-foot restaurant, with 60 televisions, was a popular gathering spot for sports fans eager for hamburgers, pizza and other fare. On Friday night, well-wishers flocked to the Mission Valley restaurant to watch the televised celebration of Seau's life, sponsored by the San Diego Chargers, at Qualcomm Stadium.

"Those who had the opportunity to cheer on the Chargers and Junior on a Sunday afternoon at the restaurant will never forget the experience," said the announcement.

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Photo: Flowers left outside Junior Seau's restaurant after his death.  Credit: Kent Horner / Getty Images

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