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Pat O'Connor began over 30 years ago as a beverage sales rep in Chicago. He visited restaurants regularly and formulated his own plans for the best restaurant in town.
Pat's restaurant ownership in Chicago spanned a successful 20 years, and that's where he met his wife and lifelong partner, Christine. When Pat and Christine decided to move their restaurant business to Florida, they searched around the state and fell in love with the quaintness of the vibrant Gulfside community of Englewood.
The past 10 years of ownership of the White Elephant Pub have been successful. When he moved from Chicago, Pat brought five of his most loyal employees with him. Two of them have been with him for over 30 years. The White Elephant Pub is currently housed in a structure that was built in 1946, after the original resort was destroyed by fire in 1945. An Inn has stood in this spot for almost 100 years.



Our Commitment
to you....

Whether you're just visiting the area, or you have become a permanent resident, we want your visit to the White Elephant Pub to be memorable.

Walk over from the beach or tie up your boat during a steamy afternoon. Grab one of our 'trunks' (when you're a white elephant you call a wrap what you wish!) or a grouper sandwich large enough to share with a friend. Sip a cold drink at our bar. We've got a deep water harbor waiting for you.

Visit during the late afternoon or early evening for the best views of the bay, listen to the gentle surf and enjoy one of our many appetizers. Then stick around for dinner and dancing!