Stagecoach Saloon has new name, new owner

What is to become of the old Stagecoach Saloon in downtown Jacksonville? I understand that it closed a few months back but wasn't sure if there were plans for the building. It's such a great location!

— Tim J., Medford

Jacksonville, voted by Budget Travel one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America," definitely is an ideal location for any eager entrepreneur.

When the Stagecoach Saloon and Jazz Club closed its doors in February, Grants Pass resident Bobbi Ferguson jumped at the opportunity to plant her own business in the location at 105 W. California St.

"I have always loved this area and Jacksonville in particular," she said. "Each time the building became available, I was always a day late and a dollar short."

Ferguson also is co-owner of Sea Star, a bar and grill in Gold Beach. Her partner Bob Butterworth manages the Gold Beach bar while she manages the new Jacksonville location, The LodeStar.

The bar opened in August with a full bar featuring local wines, including Agate Ridge, Valley View Winery and RoxyAnn Winery, as well as Pacific Northwest microbrews.

Her goal was to incorporate as many local products as she could into the menu. The bar also carries a variety of fresh food items, including sandwiches, salads, soups and tapas.

The new venue contains a lending library, free WiFi, a lounge area, darts and board games and, beginning in November, Oregon Lottery games. The upstairs area in the Redman Hall space will be used for private parties and events, said Ferguson.

The Stagecoach, which opened in 2007, most likely closed due to issues with the occupancy levels in the upstairs lounge, according to a story published in the Mail Tribune.

Tim, by the looks of it, if you enjoyed the former Stagecoach Saloon, you'll find something very similar at Lodestar.

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