Almost 50 Years at Oak Tree NW for the Allen Family

June 2020

Countryside Village RetirementThe restaurant business is definitely in the genes of the Allen family, and you can feel the family-oriented vibes when you visit Oak Tree Northwest Bar & Grill, located at 2150 Ashland Street.
Owners Gerald (dad) and Gary (son) are proud of what they have accomplished, and they’re confident they’re going to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

“We’d like to thank all of our customers over the nearly 50 years who have supported us through everything that has been thrown our way as a community,” Gary said. “We will get through this current crisis together and come out strong. We appreciate everyone’s business by using our takeout and delivery during this crisis. We will do everything we can to continue to keep serving great homestyle food in a safe and sanitary setting.”

Gerald moved to Ashland in the mid 1940s as a child and graduated from Ashland High School. Gary went to St. Mary’s and graduated from Southern Oregon University.

“My dad has owned restaurants and bars in town since the late 1960s,” Gary said. “He stared with Campus Drive-in, then the Sweet Shop, Oak Tree and Northwest Pizza. I followed in my dad’s footsteps after high school and joined him at the Oak Tree. I’ve always loved the restaurant and bar business, getting to meet all sorts of people while serving them hearty food and good drinks. Every day is something new.”

Oak Tree NW bills itself as “American family dining and a locals/blue collar sports bar.” The lunch and dinner menu includes everything from hamburgers (all made with 1/3-pound patties) and signature sandwiches (e.g., pulled pork, turkey avocado, prime rib dip and BLT) to salads and soups. There are also some homestyle favorites like house-made fried chicken, fettuccine alfredo, fish & chips, Oak Tree Quesadilla, and nachos. The Smoked Chicken Wings are an Oak Tree specialty. They come on a plate of eight wings, and you can order them dry, hot, habañero garlic, BBQ or garlic Parmesan.

And of course, there is the all-American breakfast that is served every day. You can get favorites like The Oak Tree Classic Breakfast, a Grizzly Combo, or Biscuits & Gravy. There’s a huge omelet selection and they even allow you to “build your own omelet,” choosing from a selection of items off the menu. There’s also the usual pancakes, waffles and French Toast.

The bar is warm and friendly with some expert bartenders, great pool tables, eleven HD TVs, video lottery, and a patio for smokers. The Allens took advantage of the shutdown by completely remodeling the bar and dining room.

“It’s classic American dining in a comfortable environment,” Gary said. “The customer comes first here at the Oak Tree, and you can expect fast, friendly service.”

For more info, the phone number is 541-488-1434. You can also go to oaktreenw.com or see them on Facebook.