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1285 Restobar and OPB reach a deal over a meal

Along with its reputation as a great wine bar, Kurt Hargens says his restaurant, 1285 Restobar, in Old Town Florence offers a little something for everyone.

“We have everything from pasta and pizza and burgers to cioppino, halibut, clams, ahi tuna — so it’s a great mix of food. It’s a great menu for the masses,” he says.

The restaurant is the kind of place where everyone knows your name and draws a crowd of regulars, Kurt says. One steady group Kurt knows well includes employees from the Florence branch of Oregon Pacific Bank. So, when they asked him who he was banking with and whether he’d consider making a change, he didn’t have to think long or hard.

“It was kind of an easy decision. When they said, ‘What do you think about doing a little bit of business with us?'” he recalls. “I thought, well, I’m getting support from you guys, you come in and eat, and I see you around town volunteering and doing things … so I sat down and decided to make the change. Yeah, it was an easy decision, really.”

Kurt found that Oregon Pacific Bank could meet all of his business needs and then some, and he appreciates the fact that he gets the help he needs when he needs it.

“We actually have our point-of-sale system with OPB now—all the banking that we do,” he says. “It’s nice to know that on a weekend, you can call someone if you have a problem and they’re going to answer the phone. I wasn’t getting that from other people I was doing business with, in town.”

Standing by customers and providing good service is the way Kurt does business at 1285 Restobar. He expects the same from those for which he does business.

“I want people to feel important and feel good, so if I can do that with food, a little conversation, maybe a cocktail, and make their day, then that makes my day,” he says. “And that’s kind of the same feeling with Oregon Pacific. I think they really care, and it comes across when we do business with them.”

Along with its reputation as a great wine bar, Kurt Hargens says his restaurant, 1285 Restobar, in Old Town Florence offers a little something for everyone.

“We have everything from pasta and pizza and burgers to cioppino, halibut, clams, ahi tuna — so it’s a great mix of food. It’s a great menu for the masses,” he says.

The restaurant is the kind of place where everyone knows your name and draws a crowd of regulars, Kurt says. One steady group Kurt knows well includes employees from the Florence branch of Oregon Pacific Bank. So, when they asked him who he was banking with and whether he’d consider making a change, he didn’t have to think long or hard.

“It was kind of an easy decision. When they said, ‘What do you think about doing a little bit of business with us?'” he recalls. “I thought, well, I’m getting support from you guys, you come in and eat, and I see you around town volunteering and doing things … so I sat down and decided to make the change. Yeah, it was an easy decision, really.”

Kurt found that Oregon Pacific Bank could meet all of his business needs and then some, and he appreciates the fact that he gets the help he needs when he needs it.

“We actually have our point-of-sale system with OPB now—all the banking that we do,” he says. “It’s nice to know that on a weekend, you can call someone if you have a problem and they’re going to answer the phone. I wasn’t getting that from other people I was doing business with, in town.”

Standing by customers and providing good service is the way Kurt does business at 1285 Restobar. He expects the same from those for which he does business.

“I want people to feel important and feel good, so if I can do that with food, a little conversation, maybe a cocktail, and make their day, then that makes my day,” he says. “And that’s kind of the same feeling with Oregon Pacific. I think they really care, and it comes across when we do business with them.”

Banker Spotlight
Mike Webb

Mike Webb

VP, Commercial Relationship Manager
Florence Branch
541-997-7121

“We’re truly a community bank, where we make decisions locally. We work with our clients to find an answer to their problems.”

Mike Webb has spent much of his career helping to ensure a good quality of life in Florence, the community he’s grown to love. Raised in Corvallis and with a degree from Oregon State University, Mike moved to Florence in 1988 to take a job in retail management before switching to a sales position at Oregon Pacific Bank. He worked his way up to become a Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager.

Mike loves Florence’s small-town feel, especially his five-minute commute—he jokes that when the coastal getaway gets busy with summer tourists, his drive to work can stretch to 6 minutes.

“You get to know everyone in the community,” he says. “It’s a nice place to raise your kids.”

Mike is involved with several civic and service organizations, including serving since 2005 on the board of the Western Lane Ambulance District, which provides emergency medical services across 1,000 square miles of Lane County.

He’s also part of the Florence Rotary Club, Florence Urban Renewal Committee, and the Siuslaw Vision Project—which looks to formulate long-range goals for the community.

In his free time, he takes advantage of the community’s moderate weather and enjoys year-round golf. He also likes bowling and bicycling.

Through his job at OPB, Mike also plays a role in helping to support the community. An example would be the bank’s involvement in helping local businesses secure Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic. That effort infused $13 million into the local community and helped support roughly 1,100 jobs, Mike says.

“Our interest is really to keep Florence going,” he says. “We’re truly a community bank, where we make decisions locally. We work with our clients to find an answer to their problems.”

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