Trustees for the estate of the late former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau announced May 16 that Seau’s The Restaurant in Mission Valley has been closed permanently.

The restaurant operated for nearly 16 years at the Westfield Mission Valley retail center off Interstate 8.

In statement, trustees said their decision was made “to honor Seau’s legacy and preserve the memories of the excitement, fun and warmth that were the hallmarks of the restaurant during the famed linebacker’s lifetime.”

Seau, an Oceanside native who retired after 20 seasons in the National Football League, took his own life on May 2.

The 14,500-square-foot Seau’s The Restaurant opened in 1996 and became a local landmark, with a stadium-inspired architecture that drew sports aficionados with more than 60 televisions, including a giant 12-by-14-foot projection screen.

“Those who had the opportunity to cheer on the Chargers with Junior on a Sunday afternoon at the restaurant will never forget the experience,” trustees said in the statement.

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