The bar, which got its start in San Jose before relocating to Fremont, is yet another victim of the coronavirus pandemic, which has sent countless local businesses into major financial hardship. “Eight weeks ago, the Saddlebags suspended operations in an attempt to protect our guests and staff,” the statement reads.
The Saddlebags has been a beacon for country music fans since the mid-1970s, having withstood everything from the disco onslaught and New Wave to the “Urban Cowboy” fad and Garth mania. “Over the past eight weeks, our management team has tried their best to evolve our business in a way that stays true to our almost 44-year heritage.
By Saturday afternoon, more than 1,600 people had posted memories and thanks on the club’s Facebook page, including several who had found love there. When we were married, at the reception we hired line dance instructors to teach and lead our guests.
Have visited many times over the years, and we were just talking about post this thing called COVID-19 we would go take lessons again. “I emceed literally hundreds of shows, vocal contests, Halloween and New Year’s parties from 1983 to 1990 with KEEN radio and then 1990 to 1997 with SAN” at the Saddlebags, wrote Jim Smith.
Beneath the high-tech gloss, San Jose’s roots are agricultural, one reason why the nightclub on the near west side was so insanely popular. But with the adoption of the Midtown Specific Plan in the 1990s, the city decreed that it foresaw housing for the area.
“8 weeks ago, The Saddlebags suspended operations in an attempt to protect our guests and staff,” they wrote. Across the Bay Area, business owners have despaired as they've failed to secure federal aid that could keep them afloat until shutdowns are lifted and customers can return.