Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Poor Red’s

EDITOR:

We moved here in 1978. Poor Red’s was just what you did on a Friday or Saturday night. It was how you met new friends when you first moved to this county. It was so well known that if you wore a Poor Red’s tee shirt while traveling around the U.S. or Europe there was a very good possibility that some stranger would come up and say “Hey, I’ve been there.”

We knew the bartenders: Jack, Rod, Bud, Mike, Jimmy and Hank. The afternoon waitresses were Dort and Arlene. One of our daughters worked there for years after high school and met her husband there. Since Mike and Bree Adams have taken over Poor Red’s, I can assure you that it has not been the same.

Since they have owned it, we have not gone in there more than one or two times to meet for a drink. Nothing is the same. In the good ole days, the Christmas carols and card exchange was the best part of Christmas. Also, who can forget Good Friday at Poor Red’s? From what I read, they are deserving of each and every federal charge against them. In my wildest dreams I can’t imagine why they are still out, and not in prison serving their sentence.

I’m waiting patiently for new owners to bring Poor Red’s back to what we all remember so we all have a place to meet up again. Until then, I miss a lot of our friends.

LINDA IRWIN
Placerville

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Discussion | 24 comments

  • Robert D NollJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:09 am

    I'm still waiting for Sam's Town to come back

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Bring back Mack's Jumbo. . . . The Taco House . . . Si Rancho Drive-in . . . my youth . . .

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  • Cheech A ChongJanuary 16, 2014 - 11:53 pm

    Ahhh yes the drive in that was the beginning of many prominent locals...............conceptually speaking.

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  • SHJanuary 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

    I miss Sams Town too

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  • wolfie52January 17, 2014 - 5:37 am

    Really, I lived in Plcve for 10 years. Although I often passed PR's I never visited. If my friends have to be made in a bar I'd rather pass. How many fights, 502's and domestic disturbances came from there over the years I wonder? Sorry, but for me and my friends it was always a place to pity the patrons.

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  • Pinnon FarinaJanuary 17, 2014 - 6:03 am

    Wolfie really? ten years and you can't spell placerville? Did you write your comment staring at the ceiling or on your way to the floor? We won't miss you or your 502s

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  • Oh BrotherJanuary 17, 2014 - 8:07 am

    Poor Red's will never be the same without Rod. RIP...

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  • Why is this so hard to understand?January 17, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Oh brother, he will be missed :-)

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  • DTJanuary 17, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Or my grouchy uncle Jack

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  • Lael LorengerJanuary 17, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Oh my I do remember Jack! sorry I forgot him!!!

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  • kggJanuary 18, 2014 - 9:15 am

    or jim the bartender. rest in peace

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  • Lael LorengerJanuary 18, 2014 - 9:24 am

    OMG Lil Jimmy has passed on too? did not know.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 18, 2014 - 10:39 am

    When Jimmy was working the Prospector down in Coloma I conned him into coming up and milking cows with me - once. I also conned him into hauling in hay. I have old movies of Jimmy and Dad and me hauling in the hay . . . when it WAS rural.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 18, 2014 - 10:54 am

    . . . as James once again wanders off course and lands deep in baffling wilderness . . . Be safe, James!

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  • Lael LorengerJanuary 18, 2014 - 11:02 am

    When did he pass on? He always had a stern face, but he would smile occasionally!

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  • kggJanuary 18, 2014 - 11:10 am

    we were in poor red's about 5 months ago. the "new" bartender said jim died in his sleep 6 months prior.

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  • kggJanuary 18, 2014 - 9:17 am

    wolfie wrote: "but for me and my friends it was always a place to pity the patrons." kgg writes: really? how sad.

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  • WendyJanuary 17, 2014 - 8:31 am

    For some reason the Adams seem to be getting special treatment. Why they are still free is a question that needs to be asked of our local legal system. I am sickened by this lack of justice, does money really "talk" here? Why should we all continue to pay taxes and follow the laws? I miss the old Poor Reds also - It could come back...if we get the vermin out.

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  • Lael LorengerJanuary 17, 2014 - 9:13 am

    I have lived in this area for over 40 years and have some very memorable memories at Poor Red's. Had the chance to meet Bud before he passed on and Rod albeit he had a stern face......was one of my favorite bartenders! God rest his soul. Let's get rid of the trashey "owners" and get it back for the community!

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  • Why is this so hard to understand?January 17, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Dang lael as I try to asked the same question. Watchout fer that veercamp boy.

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  • denise herrnbergerJanuary 17, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Did any of you go to Poor Reds on a New Years Eve? Bartenders in diapers (can't make this stuff up) welcoming the new year and unlimited gold Cadillac's lined up as the new year approached. Yes, it was over the top....

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  • Lael LorengerJanuary 18, 2014 - 8:53 am

    i too remember New Year's eve but my favorite night was Halloween. Rod always knew who I was even under all the disguise I was wearing! He would always manage to make the NIGHT! Miss his smiley face.

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  • WendyJanuary 25, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Mike, Brenda and their son Austen Adams will all be in court Monday the 27th. Will be interesting to see if justice is finally done. This saga needs to have an ending! Bring back Poor Reds from this mess!!

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  • Michelle SchanelFebruary 05, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    We have a bet going at Snooty Frog... When did Poor Red pass away? What year did Rich Opal pass away?

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