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Moutain Charley’s to open this afternoon: 6:00 p.m.

March 30, 2012

Today is March 30, 2012.  At 6:00 p.m. this afternoon,

the venerable, old Saloon will reopen under Farwell ownership once more;

rebuilt, refurbished and revitalized by the one and only, Joseph Farwell,

son of the Saloon’s founder, Jim Farwell

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In this town, old traditions die hard and we are glad to say that this is one tradition that may never die.  The place has gone through hell and high water, but it has come out once again as fine and glistening as a shiny new penny, or more apropos, a shiny silver dollar.  The first generation of this Saloon was named after an old Los Gatos tradition, Mountain Charley McKiernan, an Irish mountain man who helped develop the young Los Gatos by establishing its hillside lumber trade and building roads from the town up past the summit of the overlooking Santa Cruz Mountains.  A famous fight with a mountain bear made Charley a local legend and hero.

After the opening of the original Mountain Charley’s Saloon in 1972, it didn’t take long for the Saloon to become a legend itself all round Santa Clara Valley, and eventually, throughout the entire San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas.  This new tradition was well regarded for providing great music, unique entertainment and strong community involvement in a small town that was quickly emerging as a cultural and historical center for much of the Santa Clara Valley as well as the two bay areas.

This new Mountain Charley’s, opening today, has every intention of reclaiming and re-establishing this tradition but doing so in light of an entirely new generation;  respect the tradition while embracing the current day, with all the promise that it has to offer.


. . . Welcome Back . . .


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One Comment
  1. Pat permalink

    Great reading this, Ed. So glad to hear that Mt Charley’s reopened with Jim’s son in charge!!

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