Crossroads to open in former bar location


Family-friendly atmosphere

Owner Ralph Ferguson has repainted the building and is doing the remodeling himself.With a fresh coat of paint and remodeling underway, Crossroads Pub and Grill is emerging from the former Butch’s Bar and Grill building at the corner of Northeast Cedar Street and U.S. Highway 97.

Redmond resident Ralph Ferguson and his wife Jalene Abbott leased the building a month ago, and are planning to move to Madras to operate it.

“This place has been in need of a full remodel for a few decades,” said Ferguson, who is doing the work himself, with the help of his friend Brian Morton, who works for Blue Sage Electrical and Contracting.

The remodel has included stripping the inside of the building to the studs and starting “fresh and sanitary,” he said.

“This place had a rough reputation. I want it to have a clean, wholesome atmosphere, where families can come and have a good meal and a beer,” Ferguson said, adding, “We will close at 10 p.m.”

He said he was attracted to opening a business in Madras after seeing the Madras Aquatic Center, new city hall and some of the other recent improvements.

He has watched business in Bend and Redmond grow and said, “I feel Madras deserves some of that growth and want to provide something nice for Madras.”

“I’m a builder by trade and have done building in Bend. “I like this town, there’s a great atmosphere and I have been treated very well here. I can’t bat an eye here without people saying they’re glad I’m doing this,” Ferguson said.

When he was applying to open the business, the city mentioned it had beautification grant funds that could be used to purchase paint if he wanted to repaint the outside of the building.

“The red color was a sore spot in the past and the city helped me out with the grant to paint the exterior and I was very grateful,” he said of the new sage green color.

“This building is the first thing people coming from the north see when they enter Madras, and the city is addressing its looks. This cleans it up and dresses it up and sharpens up the image of the whole town,” he said, of the new paint and a sidewalking project the city is doing along the Les Schwab parking lot and his building.

Inside Crossroads Pub, the electrical and plumbing systems have been redone, walls removed to open the area up, and new lighting will be installed.

“I’ve stolen several ideas from Bend. It will be light and bright to feel comfortable and inviting,” he said.

With their daughter, Jadie, also working there, Crossroads will be a family-run business.

As he works on the remodeling, Ferguson keeps finding more things to do, but is aiming to be open the first week of December.