About the Bella Union
The "modern day" Bella Union was open in 1980, operated until 1986, closed, and was opened in 1988 byJerry Hayes. In June of 2013, we "Bellabrated" our 25th anniversary, and in January of 2016 after 28 years as the propietor, Jerry sold the restaurant to two of his long term employees, General Manager Christian Hamilton and Executive Chef Tom Bates. Christian and Tom continue to embrace the original concept, which is to provide quality food and service in a casual, fun atmosphere, with the single-minded approach of focusing on our guest's satifaction, from the time they walk inthe door, until they leave.
We offer both indoor and seasonal outdoor dining, and while the atmosphere is casual, there is a different and unique feel to each of Bella's dining areas. From the " Cafe" feel of the front room, to the funkiness of the saloon, to the patio covered with luscious wisteria, to the more secluded feel of the booths in the "Garden Room", to the banquet room upstairs, to the upscale feeling of the Ciao & Club rooms the Bella has many differing personalities, but what should be the bottom line, no matter which area you are seated in , is a quality dining experience with exceptional service.
The Colorful History of the Bella Union
The original Bella Union, owned by Henry Breitbarth, started out as one of seven saloons in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Henry owned this "center of social meeting place" from 1864 to 1871. Henry was born in Oberdoria, Prussia in 1832 and immigrated to America as a young boy. In 1852 he arrived in Jackson County responding to the lure of gold.
The Bella Union was a popular name for drinking and gambling establishments in early mining towns, but it is believed Henry borrowed the name from the infamous San Francisco Bella Union gambling House.
The beginning of the end for the Bella Union was the shooting incident between Senator James D. Fay and V.S. Ralls over the lovely Hannah Ralls.
Fire destroyed the Bella Union in the early morning hours of April 14, 1874. From that point on, the building served as various businesses... as a saloon, machine shop, saddle shop, deli, and back again to a restaurant and saloon. In June 1988, the Bella Union reopened under the present ownership and management of Jerry Hayes.
Bella Union is now one of Jacksonville's premier dining establishments and once again the "center of social meeting".