Restaurant owners take pride in the family oriented transformation

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Pam Bradley. left, and Janet Ritz had long dreamed of opening a comfortable, family oriented restaurant.As they walk around the refurbished space, Pam Bradley and Janet Ritz speak proudly of the kid who referred to the burgers of Bailey’s Pub & Grub as “exquisite.”

While the exquisite burgers are quite popular, patrons have a wide variety of meals to choose from.

“We pride ourselves on homemade, quality food, but not overly expensive,” Ritz said. “We have healthy fare. We’re trying to get away from the deep fried stuff and be healthier for the community.”

Bradley and Ritz had long-dreamed of opening a restaurant of their own.

They had been preparing popular daily specials in the market next door for some time when the adjoining space became available. They pounced at the opportunity to turn the former bar into a family friendly restaurant.

But not before giving it a makeover.

The space is a homey mix of old and new, but mostly new. The ceiling, floor and several walls are new.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Word has been spreading about the exquisite gourmet burgers at Bailey's Pub & Grub.Bradley and Ritz describe the work they put into the space — cleaning it up, refinishing the wood, adding insulation, “searching high and low for the right quality burger,” fine-tuning the menu — as an effort of turning it into the warm, family oriented eatery they had dreamed of.

It seems their dreams have come true.

For the grand opening on March 17, Bradley and Ritz recount that the restaurant was packed to standing-room only.

The live band had such a great time at the event, they dubbed themselves “Bailey’s Band” and pledged to return.

And they will.

Catch them next 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Bailey’s Pub & Grub. The evening’s menu will feature a prime rib dinner.

And more good stuff is to come.

Bailey and Ritz plan to hang artwork from local artists on those new walls.

“We’re very community oriented,” Bradley said. “It means a lot to make this place family oriented.”

While the restaurant does not serve liquor, Bailey and Ritz plan to specialize in Oregon wines and beers.

“We want to promote Oregon,” Ritz said.

They plan to hold their first wine tasting from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

As May is Oregon Wine Month, the restaurant will hold weekly wine tastings from rotating vineyards throughout the month.

The tastings will continue monthly after that.

Ritz and Bradley have lived in Estacada for more than two years.

The timing of the restaurant space opening up was fortuitous as Ritz was preparing to retire after 30 years as an air traffic controller.

She grew up in Florida.

Bradley has had many careers over the years: she’s worked in the medical field, been a TSA agent in Las Vegas and a correctional officer.

But now she gets to do what she really loves: farming.

Bradley raises St. Croix Hair Sheep and cares for a horse she adopted through the equine rescue organization, Sound Equine Options.

She enjoys growing vegetables and has an entire garden devoted to growing produce to donate to the Estacada Area Food Bank.

Bradley grew up in North Carolina, a background she says finds its way into several of Bailey’s Pub & Grub menu items, especially “Carolina barbecue.”

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - There's a new restaurant in town: Bailey's Pub & Grub. Pam Bradley, left, and Janet Ritz stand beneath a sign featuring the restaurants namesake - Bailey - their beloved Boxer who spent years bringing joy to people as a therapy dog.Bradley and Ritz are clearly quite devoted to animals, especially the restaurant’s namesake. Bailey was their beloved Boxer, and her sillhouette graces the restaurant’s logo and menus.

Bailey was a therapy dog, and used to spend a great deal of time cheering up patients at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla.

“We just wanted to honor her for how she touched lives,” Ritz said.

Bailey’s Pub & Grub is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Starting Friday, April 11, the restaurant will add breakfast. It will be open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Summer hours may change.

For more information on Bailey’s Pub & Grub, find them on Facebook or call 503-637-6880.

Bailey’s Pub & Grub is at 28424 S.E. Eagle Creek Road.

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