The ghost of the Barleycorn

Supporters of the John Barleycorn Pub lost their 10-month battle with new landlord Luisa Hanson on Oct. 27, when the nearly 40-year-old Nob Hill institution closed its doors for good (see "John Barleycorn Must Die," 10/17/07). But members of the Save the Barleycorn Coalition (www.savethebarleycorn.org) won’t let the ‘Corn’s spirit die. Owner Larry Ayre dismantled the interior and is storing its historic decor — including the cobblestone fireplace and the rafters made from an old chicken coop — in Santa Rosa in hopes a finding a new home for the beloved bar. In the meantime, some of the 4,000 people who signed a petition to keep the ‘Corn open have started a Web site, barleycornsurvivors.org, to keep the community together. "Half the place was the location and what we affectionately called our ‘old crap,’<0x2009>" former ‘Corn bartender and coalition cofounder Tony Antico said. "But the other half was always the people."