Oakland, California: Stuffed Polar Bear

A 12-foot-tall stuffed polar bear snarls in a glass case in a restaurant supply store.

East Bay Restaurant Supply Store

Address:
49 4th St., Oakland, CA
Directions:
East Bay Restaurant Supply Store. Drive east on 4th St. as far as you can, and you'll see the store.
Hours:
M-Sa 8-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
510-465-4300
Admission:
Free
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Polar Bear. Stuffed Polar Bear

There is a 12-foot-tall stuffed polar bear in the East Bay Restaurant Supply Store in Oakland. It's cool on its own, and to be sitting in a restaurant supply store increases it coolness IMHO. It is apparently a record-sized bear, shot by the founder of the store in Alaska in 1966.

[Tiki Mark, 01/21/2013]

We're probably too suspicious, but always wonder about the truthiness of I-shot-a-polar-bear stories. Maybe the bear is just one of the "supplies" salvaged from a sportsman's bar that went out of business? Jan. 28, 2012: Tiki Mark followed up with a plaque pic, reading: "Record Class - Polar Bear - top Ten in Boone & Crockett Trophy Club" and "Killed by John Breznikar, March 8, 1966, Guide Harry Pederson, Taxidermy by Outer's, Oakland." Buy local!

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