The Pink Elephant bar, for decades one of Sonoma County’s favorite dives, is about as dead as dead can be. But Tom O’Bryan of The Blue Heron, just down the river at Duncans Mills, has a revival plan.
“I’m just trying to restore it and bring it back to what it was,” said O’Bryan, who’s purchased the gutted building that is all that remains of The Pink. Previous owner Tim Parker had to shut it down last December.
O’Bryan hopes to overcome substantial obstacles — the 1937 bar’s septic system is sub-standard, and obtaining a liquor license will be no cake walk — and re-open within about six months.
“Luckily, I’m Irish and I’ve got a few things up my sleeve,” he said.
O’Bryan paid $55,000 for the gutted bar building and he figures the main asset he now owns is the Pink Elephant name.
He vowed, “I’m not going to change the name, that’s for sure.”