This is Larry Panoche. The owner of the Panoche Inn. The Panoche Inn is the only establishment in all of Panoche, a town that is about 13 bumpy miles off of I-5 in San Benito County, California.
When Alex and I walked into the bar shortly after our car broke down while exploring a ghost town about 2 hours into the mountians, Larry was cracking open peanuts from their shells and half watching a Lifetime movie on the old TV at the end of the bar.
He was pretty quite but open to our inquisitiveness and even invited us to one of the many BBQ’s he and his wife have at the Inn throughout the summer. The only problem is that we would have to find someplace to stay since the Panoche Inn is just a bar since the “inn” part burnt down a few years ago.
The entire bar houses a pool table, a couple of love seats, some taxidermy cats, some romance novels that are stacked on shelves outside of the restroom, and dollar bills. The place is completely covered in dollar bills.
One of these stories are true:
- Larry said that all the $1′s on the ceiling were from his days as a male stripper.
- Larry said that when they first opened, he had heard about that its good luck to stick a dollar bill on the wall. Then when a couple of bikers started coming in, they asked if they could do it too. Since then, its a tradition amongst bikers and people who pass through.
- Larry loves hoarding monopoly money and has no place else to put it.
We LOVED finding this gem of a place, and had to leave our mark