Elephant Bar packs trunk, leaves Montclair

montclair-elephant-barWhere once was four there now is none.

The Inland Empire’s last remaining Elephant Bar — at  Montclair Plaza Place — closed last month.

I discovered the closure while researching my list of this year’s gift card bonuses and determining whether to include the chain — which is offering a $10 bonus card (valid in January 2017) with a $50 gift card purchase through the end of the year, by the way — on the list.

At one time, the chain had four locations in the Inland Empire: San Bernardino, Montclair, Riverside and Palm Desert.

If you recall, the Montclair location was the sole Inland Empire location remaining after the chain shut down about a third of its locations back in June 2014.

That wave of closures left the chain with 29 restaurants.

It appears that in addition to the Montclair location, several other locations have closed recently, including West Covina, Lakewood, La Mirada, San Diego, San Marcos, Bakersfield, Fremont, Concord, Campbell, Cupertino, Dublin, Emeryville, Colorado Springs, Colo., Lakewood, Colo., and Orlando, Fla.

The chain now consists of just 11 locations, with only two — Torrance and Downey — in Southern California.

The majority of the locations are in Northern California: Burlingame, Citrus Heights, Daly City, Fresno, Hayward and Sacramento.

The four remaining locations are out of state: Henderson, Nev., Albuquerque, N.M., and St. Louis, Mo.