Since You Asked
I was wondering what happened with my favorite Medford watering hole the Gypsy Blues Bar. Has it opened for business or is it still renovating its new location on West Eighth Street? Have they settled the controversy with the local religious organization that wanted the bar's liquor license revoked because the business was too close to its church?
— Kristopher K., via e-mail
The Gypsy Blues Bar has been up and pouring since Thanksgiving Day, Kristopher.
The owners are happy with their new spot at 205 W. Eighth Street, next door to the Cadillac Cafe."It's ideal for us," said co-owner Clay Bearnson.
Bearnson said when the bar finally opened on the holiday, the former regulars flooded in to check out the new digs.
"It was more like a homecoming," he said. "They told us it was like they had been drinking in exile for nine months."
The low-key bar recently made news when members and leaders of Medford's First Presbyterian Church sent letters to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission asking the OLCC to deny the bar a liquor license. The church's playground is across from the bar's location and was deemed too close for comfort, by church administrators.
Bearnson said he has a meeting with the OLCC and the church in the near future to decide the issue.
Until then, the bar has added a few amenities such as a large, flat-screen television, a table-top Ms. Pac-Man game and 31 beer taps, giving it one of the largest selections in the Rogue Valley.
Twenty of the taps are going to rotate along with the seasons. The winter months have brought a hefty selection of heavy, dark beers.
The bar also has expanded its lunch menu to include paninis, soups, sandwiches and buffalo wings. The bar opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 2 a.m. Monday through Friday. Hours run 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
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