Photo via elephantbar.com
Written by Gabriel Dillard
Fresno’s Elephant Bar Restaurant has closed with no apparent plans to reopen.
KMPH Fox 26 first reported the closure this afternoon, saying it was tipped off through an email that the restaurant closed Sunday night and all employees are out of work.
A sign on the front entrance of the store at the Villaggio Shoppping Center at Blackstone and Nees avenues states the location has permanently closed, KMPH reported.
It was one of the original restaurants to be located in the shopping center.
Over the last couple of years, the safari-themed restaurant has closed multiple locations.
The Costa Mesa-based retailer had filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014, and had closed 16 restaurants at that time, reported the Orange County Register. It reportedly found a new buyer.
A location in Bakersfield was closed abruptly last year, according to the Bakersfield Californian.
The Mercury News reported that a location in Campbell closed suddenly in October 2016. Other Bay Area locations closed last year as well.
Another location in Modesto closed in 2014, reported the Modesto Bee.
Another article in the St. Louis Business Journal stated that a location there owed its landlord more than $800,000 in back rent.