The Old Pro, one of the most beloved and oldest sports bars on the peninsula, is closing permanently on June 19.
The downtown Palo Alto bar, which opened under a different name in 1964, announced the closure on social media Wednesday night. Owner Steve Sinchek said the big bar was struggling to survive amid various pressures: rising food and labor costs, expensive rent and a pandemic business crisis that didn’t go away. never recovered. The shift to remote working meant local tech companies that regularly hosted parties at the Old Pro lost business, Sinchek said. With the pandemic, large groups don’t come as much anymore.