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  • Hwy. 62 spot was food joint in 1971

  • There's a property on Crater Lake Highway that has housed several restaurants and bars over the years. The most recent was called Krazy Jake's. It was also Chaps and the Shenandoah. What was it called before that, say in the early 1970s?
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  • There's a property on Crater Lake Highway that has housed several restaurants and bars over the years. The most recent was called Krazy Jake's. It was also Chaps and the Shenandoah. What was it called before that, say in the early 1970s?
    — Joe, via email
    As with many buildings that have been around 43 years, that building, located at 4635 Crater Lake Highway, has seen some changes.
    While poring over dusty Muddy Tributary archives and a collection of phone books we've forgotten to chuck since 1956, we discovered the building started out in 1971 as K&D Restaurant.
    According to an advertisement in the 1972 phone book, the restaurant was open 24 hours and boasted three pool tables, breakfast all day, lunch specials, "choice" steak dinners and plenty of meeting space.
    By 1983, the book redirected those seeking K&D to JR's Kountry Kitchen at the same address, but it wasn't listed in 1985. In 1986, the building was home to Steaks & Cakes, and by 1990 (the next year we had) it was the Shenandoah.
    According to our archives, the Shenandoah closed its doors on Feb. 6, 2005.
    In June of that year, Chaps Bar & Grill, leased by a Brian Vester and Ronda Dunn, took its place. At the end of January 2007, according to a Jan. 29, 2007, Since You Asked, Vester and Dunn packed up the restaurant and left.
    Krazy Jake's Sports Bar & Grill opened in February 2007 and closed without warning just before August 2008.
    The building is now home to Joseph's Storehouse, a nonprofit organization that recycles home-improvement tools, furniture and hardware and uses the money to help community organizations.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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