JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — A group consisting largely of local entrepreneurs says it is in the process of buying the historic Jacksonville Inn, intending to keep the business as-is for the time being.
ADLO LLC announced Tuesday that it was in the early stages of acquiring the Jacksonville Inn, including the restaurant and wine shop, with the goal of transitioning ownership throughout August. The group said that it won't being changing the business hours, reservations, restaurant, or management at this time — aiming to "sustain the reputation and commmunity connection" built by owner Jerry Evans and his staff over 40 years.
"We're thrilled to acquire the Inn, and we aim to preserve and honor the iconic establishment's long history within our community. Jerry Evans has poured his life into The Jacksonville Inn; he and this team are essential to past and future success, and we take great pride in keeping that trust and care of this property and the employees," said Crissie Olson with ADLO.
The Jacksonville Inn building was built in 1861, one of the gold-rush town's first permanent structures.
Evans bought the building in 1976. He and his wife Linda have maintained and built the business ever since, rarely taking a break. In a statement, Jerry Evans said that the transition is an emotional one, and he'll be acting as an advisor during the transition as he eases into retirement.
"As emotional as this sale is, I look forward to spending more time with my family. I'm grateful to have new owners take the reins while keeping our original vision and legacy alive. With the ADLO Group's connections within our community, I truly believe they will do great things with The Jacksonville Inn," said Evans.
The ADLO Group consists of several main partners; Laz Ayala, Cory and Amy Donovan, Jeremy and Randee Leever, and Shaun and Crissie Olson. Most of them are southern Oregon residents and local business owners, with ties to KDA Homes, Olaf & Company, RoxyAnn Winery, and Pulver & Leever Real Estate Co.
“The ADLO Group is supportive and respectful of the current Jacksonville Inn employees. We intend to honor their hard work and professionalism of the highest possible standard, just as we (The ADLO Group) have established in all of our businesses and ventures within our community,” said Randee Leever.