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Roseburg restaurant family opens Medford eatery

Experienced restauranteurs have taken over the anchor restaurant at Cobblestone Village on Riverside Avenue in Medford.

Owners John and Debi Waldron, who have been in the restaurant business a combined 80 years, have just opened Marigold's and JDUB's for breakfast, lunch and supper.

His parents opened the Tom Tom restaurant in Roseburg in 1962, and he jumped into the action at the ripe young age of 13. The couple have been married for 32 years.

"Although I've done other things along the way, you can't be married to a restaurant family without being part of the restaurant," Debi Waldron said.

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant, at 1253 N. Riverside Ave., opened as Azteca in the 1990s and later went through a succession of owners and name changes, most recently housing a southern restaurant called Hannah's.

With the Old Farm House down the street shuttered and Marie Callender's on Biddle Road sidelined by a catastrophic fire, there is a real void, they said.

"We found in driving around the area where the restaurant is located that there wasn't any like us," she said. "We thought it would be a good fit and decided to pursue it."

The Waldron's Medford restaurant will employ about 35 people, Debi Waldron said.

The hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar will typically be open an hour after the restaurant closes.

— Greg Stiles