Every week my inbox is hit with rumors about possible tenants to replace now-closed Elephant Bar at 521 Firestone Road in Goleta. Recently I was contacted by a business man named Clint Orr who says he would like to replace the E-Bar with a country music dance hall named “Airport Honky Tonk.” Orr tells me that he has no lease but plans to contact the City of Santa Barbara, which owns the property, to see if there is any interest in his proposal. The dance hall would be operated by the non-profit California Country Dance Foundation.
I asked Mr. Orr if he knew why people were seen on the property last week. Orr said he spoke with the real estate agent handling 521 Firestone Road and added:
“It was just a maintenance crew out there to get palm fronds away from the place and to clean up some debris after the storm. As of this morning there have been no proposals that have been given to the real estate agent of any sort. So it’s wide open. They showed it to a couple of people but at this moment there are no proposals on the property other than what I am in the process of doing.”