S.b. restaurant is trumpeting its jungle-themed dining chain. the company operates more than 50 elephant bar restaurants in california and about 10 other states. the restaurants are known for their asian and polynesian-inspired dishes and safari decor. the casual dining spots also offer traditional favorites such as burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and wood-fired pizza, as well as appetizers and tropical-themed drinks. david nancarrow, who founded the carrows family-dining chain (now owned by catalina restaurant group) opened the first elephant bar in the 1980s. the company is controlled by private equity firm apax partners.