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.”

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  1. dave says:

    I thought Hooter’s was going in there.

  2. RexOfSB says:

    That would be the perfect site for a barbecue place–better yet, a barbecue AND honkeytonk joint. It’s pathetic that in a community as large as the SB/Goleta area, there is not ONE barbecue restaurant that’s even remotely decent. And the old E-Bar location is a perfect venue for that kind of thing. Crank up the volume for the line dancing–there are no neighbors to complain about the noise. In the best of all possible worlds, some enterprising Texan(s) would open such a place and introduce BBQ brisket to the South Coast. Yeee hahhh!

    • Christine says:

      I agree with Rex that a REAL barbeque restaurant would be fantastic. Can we get the Georgia’s Smokehouse truck people to move in???

    • HK says:

      Agreed wholeheartedly! I understand that the city is probably gonna lean more towards a restaurant, but I don’t see why we can’t have both. Restaurant with meeting facilities for business lunches during the day, dinner and line dancing at night. Is there any way we can contact Mr. Orr to see if he could find a way to expand his sights to include a restaurant AND a dance hall?

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