OB Department of ‘Oh, No!’ : Local All-Star Pitcher David Wells Sues Local Restaurateur Steven Yeng Over Whiskey

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From SanDiegoVille.com / August 7, 2019

Former MLB All-Star Sues OB Noodle House Owner Over Alleged Skrewball Whiskey Deal

Former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher David Wells has filed a lawsuit against the founder of San Diego’s popular OB Noodle House for allegations that include breach of contract. The purported hand-shake deal was to include equity ownership in the Ocean Beach-based company behind Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey.

Last year, Cambodian-born Steven Yeng – who owns OB Noodle House, Bar 1502, and recently unveiled The Holding Company, all in San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood – launched his own bottled peanut butter whiskey based on a popular signature shot he has long-served at his restaurants. With the help of his wife Brittany, Yeng released Skrewball Whiskey, a 70-proof bottled version of his cult creation. Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey is now rapidly expanding in popularity and has already received a double gold award for Best Flavored Whiskey at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition in 2018. The bottled spirit can be found at many area liquor stores and bars, and the company is gearing up for a national expansion.

Based on the civil complaint filed with the San Diego County Superior Court on May 31, 2019 (which even mentions David Wells’ famous perfect game), the story goes like this: Longtime MLB All-Star pitcher David “Boomer” Wells, who grew up in San Diego’s Ocean Beach and even served as the head baseball coach at Point Loma High School for a few years until retiring last summer – was introduced to Steven & Brittany Yeng by Noah Tafolla, a local television personality who hosts a program called Dining Out with Noah about the restaurant scene in San Diego. Around June 2017, Wells met with Steve Yeng and Tafolla at OB Noodle House to discuss a potential partnership with the company that would become Skrewball Spirits LLC. As a partner in the business venture, Wells would assist in promoting Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, including through his “substantial network of professional athletes, celebrities, television personalities, and influential individuals.”

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J. Stump August 7, 2019 at 4:40 pm

I thought Steve Yeng attended OB Elementary and grew up here. No?


Frank Gormlie August 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm

Yup, he should did.


ZZ August 7, 2019 at 8:30 pm

The part that amazes me is that supposedly the baseball guy paid $140,000 for 6% of a start-up that makes peanut butter flavor whiskey, and Yeng supposedly failed to give him the 6% (making the company worth $2.3 million).

Sounds like I am in the wrong line of work, I need to start making disgusting distilled spirits. Frank, you have have a full 10% of my cashew-butter tequila start-up for the low low price of $130,000. And I will actually give you the 10% share the moment you tender the check. Deal?


Ash August 9, 2019 at 12:19 am

I lived in OB for 5 years and my go to spot was the Noodle house. For drinks, food and customer service. I was lucky enough to get to know Steve and there’s no way in hell he would “screw” someone over. Wells needs to stick to pitching in baseball not pitching deals with hard working Americans that service one of the greatest cities in America. Didn’t Wells go to the Yankees? Wells is a Traitor! Go Padres!


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