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Continued: Obituary: Matt Bristol made Matt’s Bar a local icon

  • Article by: JOY POWELL
  • Last update: July 2, 2014 - 9:05 PM

Still, he wouldn’t stand for cussing in his “family establishment” nor troublemakers, whom he used to eject.

“He would come in huffing and puffing and pick them up by the seat of their pants and collar,” she said.

Matt Bristol never much changed the dark little tavern, a 1950s throwback with vinyl booths, an old jukebox, metallic wallpaper and two metal ducks on the wall.

“They’ve been on the wall forever,” Cheryl Bristol said. “Somebody stole one of the ducks. He found out who had it, went it over to their house and got it back.”

Cheryl Bristol bought the bar and grill in 1990 and ran it with her dad until Scott Nelson bought it in 1998.

Matt’s Bar has drawn patrons from all walks of life, from sports team owners to blue-collar workers to poets to, just last week, President Obama — a surprise that would have delighted her father, Cheryl Bristol said.

“Leave it to Dad,” she said, “to go out with a bang.”

Bristol was preceded in death by parents Mathew and Barbara Bristol and sister Ruth Pochucha.

Survivors include wife Donna Bristol; children Greg Bristol, Sandra Burg and Cheryl Bristol; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Services have been held.

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