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Elephant Bar calling it quits in SCV

Posted: June 9, 2014 2:43 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2014 2:43 p.m.

The Elephant Bar restaurant on McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita is set to close Thursday night, a manager confirmed Monday.

The staff was informed Sunday, said Robbie Crabtree, one of the managers who will be without a job himself after working with the chain restaurant for 10 years.

The closure of the Valencia location is part of a group of closures in Southern California, Crabtree said.

Also closing will be the Elephant Bar restaurants in Simi Valley, Northridge and Burbank, he said.

The latest closures are the second wave for the restaurant chain, Crabtree said. A couple of weeks ago eight other restaurants throughout California were closed.

Widespread media reports indicate those restaurants were in Goleta, Modesto, Stockton and Irvine, and that other Elephant Bars have been closed in other states.

About 100 employees are set to lose their jobs at the Valencia restaurant unless they can win positions at other Elephant Bars in the state.

Crabtree said he expects the local eatery to close its doors for good at its regular 9 p.m. closing time on Thursday.

The Elephant Bar restaurant chain was begun by David Nancarrow in 1980. He also began, and later sold, the Carrows restaurant chain.

As for why Elephant Bar is closing, Crabtree said the staff wasn’t told the reason but doesn’t think it was performance- or staff-related, calling the restaurant business a tough industry.

“You can’t predict whose going to go out to eat,” he said. “All you can do is take care of the guest as well as you can while they’re in the building, making their experience as best you can so you’re their best option for dining.”

The staff has been in a fog since the news was broken to them, Crabtree said.

Having begun with the chain 10 years ago, Crabtree said he helped to open the restaurant in Bakersfield. After five years, he moved to work at the eatery in the San Diego area.

After he and his wife had their first child, they relocated to the Elephant Bar in Valencia to be closer to family.
While offered positions at other restaurants n the chain if they were willing to relocate, Crabtree said that he’s not sure how many staff members are in a position — or willing — to relocate.

The corporate office has not issued a statement on the reason for a closure.





NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: June 10, 2014 7:41 a.m.

I wonder how long that property will sit vacant.....

cms96: Posted: June 10, 2014 8:12 a.m.

Oh and yes Santa Clarita please tell us again that your beautiful city is a positive business model for all incoming businesses. And the unemployment rate is back to normal and that the Real Estate market is the strongest in the nation. For every positive that gets publicized I read about three negatives. All I read about and see are businesses that are closing down. What is going to be put in place? Cheesecake Factory? I Don't think so! If the Elephant bar underperformed then a Cheesecake factory will most certainly fail. By the looks of things driving around town trying to avoid accidents because you failed to keep your infrastructure updated all I See are pizza joints and Mexican restaurants on every corner. Wait! I think that side of town is in need of a dollar store!

bbcalvin: Posted: June 10, 2014 8:30 a.m.

Based on the article, it appears that Elephant Bar is closing due to the corporate health of the company. This is the second round of closings in just a couple of weeks that now includes 11 restaurants. There is only a handful now in Southern California. Elephant Bar underperforming is due to them not adapting or changing to their customer base, not of something the City did or did not do.

jackadams: Posted: June 10, 2014 8:51 a.m.

"who's", not "whose"

michaelmyers1: Posted: June 10, 2014 8:53 a.m.

Outdated and overpriced.....
This type of Fusion cusine was dead long ago.....

And seems you want to live in Calabasas or Malibu. Seems you have a problem with change and you need to live around all white folk.

cms96: Posted: June 10, 2014 9:22 a.m.

mmeyers1: SCV has a long reputation of being a "vanilla" type of city with very little diversity in regards to restaurants. I would love to live in cities such as Calabasas or Malibu that do offer a bit more and because SCV lacks what I am looking for and I do frequently travel to those cities for different types of restaurants. I do not have a problem with change if change is good. SCV does not need another pizza place, or a Mexican restaurant. That is my opinion. And your racist comment was way off base considering my post was not about race, it was about diversity.

Lotus8: Posted: June 10, 2014 4:39 p.m.

The place closed down because the food was mediocre, the place wasn't always the cleanest, and it was just tired. I quit going there many years ago and I used to be able to walk there at one point. There are only so many mediocre joints like Olive Garden, Black Angus, Elephant Bar, etc. that one shopping center or area of town can support.

shande: Posted: June 16, 2014 1:07 a.m.

cms96: How rude and arrogant to disrespect peoples home and tell them they are not doing it right. Do you think there is a restaurant police that approves only "vanilla" restaurants? If you think a chocolate restaurant would fare better here, open one. Knock yourself out.
I don't understand all the whiners that crawled out of the SF Valley over the last 30 years, come here only to demand the SCV to be changed into what they moved away from.

cms96: Posted: June 17, 2014 12:37 p.m.

What planet are you from? How am I being disrespectful? I call it like it is! If it wasn't for people who moved up to SCV from the valley you would still be hitching your horse to a post in front of Target. Obviously change is not good for you...

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