PASO ROBLES — A simple hand-written sign taped to the glass door of Paso Robles oldest saloon reads, “CLOSED - Reopening May 21.” A recent post on the Pine Street Saloon’s Facebook page states, “We are sorry for the inconvenience to our faithful patrons, but during this time out we will be giving the building some much needed work. So hang in there with us and we will be back soon. Thank all of you so much. Pat French, We love you all.”
The “timeout” French was referring to was the recent closure and liquor license suspension by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The owner’s son Daniel French allegedly sold marijuana and cocaine to undercover agents over the course of a six-week investigation according to the ABC investigation report from January 6, 2016. Cocaine was found on French’s person at the time of the arrest but no transactions were said to have occurred according to the report. French pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 60 days in San Luis Obispo County Jail with three years probation which includes restricting French from working or volunteering services on the premises.
Pine Street Saloon, located at 1234 Pine Street, will be re-opening on Sunday May 21 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate its 47th anniversary with live music by The Jammies and Soundhouse. In the meantime, one can still see the inside of the saloon on Travel Channel’s “Dead Files”episode “The Watcher” this weekend, where “Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan investigate paranormal activity threatening the bar. During their investigations, Steve finds evidence of a vigilante group helmed by a former landowner, while Amy interacts with entities capable of causing physical harm to the living.”