Matteo’s Farewell

Matthew, Morgan, Michelle and Matt Margulies
(Credit: Matt)

Editor’s note: Our friend Matt Margulies shared this. A wonderful family.

To our community,

It is with a heavy heart that we are closing Matteo’s Public.

The reason is for closing is not as important as the reason for opening.

Our children grew up in this place we call “the Pub.” Morgan was 8 years old and Matthew was 11 when we opened in 2009.

In the 9 years we have been open, we have made so many human connections. A giant family grew out of our passion for people and community.

Our staff! So many have come and gone through these doors. Some only were around for a few days, others for years. The heart and dedication from the majority of our staff is unparalleled. They took exceptional ownership and pride — uncommon in the restaurant business.

The word family is not lost here. Many “Matteo’s babies” were born. I think the count is 12. Some were from families that already were established and others from employees falling for one another … and well, you know how that goes.

We have proudly supported our local farmers and ranchers. Our imaginative “pub fare” has included organic ingredients when possible, and we’ve embraced sustainability.

Our ability to support live music in the way that we did has been an amazing privilege. When we opened, we knew that music would fill the air. So many great memories of our local talent. Supporting our local artists truly filled our walls — and our hearts and souls.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Joe Cain day (Mardi Gras), Victorian Christmas, Summer Nights, First Friday Art Walks, to-go food for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or having a pint and fish ‘n’ chips with Sir Patrick Stewart.

Amazing beer dinners, hosting some of the top names in the craft beer business. Engagements, first dates, wedding rehearsals, birthdays, anniversaries, and memorials. Frequent fundraisers to support our nonprofits, and free Thanksgiving meals.

Over 2,400 gratitude bowls to people in need. Returning customers, whether it was daily, weekly or a yearly visit to our little town.
These are a few of the memories that will always stay with us.

The best complement I received was from a patron who had never been to Nevada City. It was a Saturday night during December. We were crazy busy, and she sat at the bar for a few hours by herself. Before she left, she asked me if I was the owner. (Gulp) “Yes,” I said, “Is there something I can do for you?” She responded, “I don’t know you, but I feel like I am in your living room.” Then she complimented the staff, tipped the musician and walked out the door.

A heartfelt thanks to all of you who have graced our little pub during the past nine years, and let us be your “Cheers” (a place where “everybody knows your name.”)

I am sure we will see you around town.

With love and gratitude,
Matt, Michelle, Matthew and Morgan Margulies

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

14 thoughts on “Matteo’s Farewell”

  1. So sad. Such a wonderful pub and beer experience. Best fish and chips! Great music scene. And BEER! We will miss Matteo’s…

  2. Some comments when I posted this on Facebook:

    Tony Unger — Thanks for the last 9 years and all the best to you guys!

    CiCi Stewart — To the great Matthew Margulies family: Thank you for all that you’ve done for our community, for our schools, for our homeless, and for our bellies. You will be deeply missed, but I’m counting on being able to see you in the community for many years to come. Much love to you all.

    Carla Bonetti — Wishing you all the best!

    Jon Blinder — Thank you Matt for all your great work!

    Pamela Roberts — Dang, I just cried 🦋

    Cara Wasilewski — Thank you for all the moments in the Pub. Great food, great people. The early morning Thanksgiving preparations for feeding the community. The couple of elections where we could all be together in celebration and WTF. Music every night of the week.

    Jerianne Van Dijk — I will miss seeing you sometimes Matthew Margulies.

    LeeAnn Brook — Sorry to see you go. Thank you for being such a great part of our community, Matthew Margulies. You gave so much.

    Linda K. Hempel — Many, many thanks and the warmest of wishes to you and your family!

    Heather Macdonald — Good luck to you Mattie in your new ventures!

  3. I’m sorry, Margolises – this is not an option. Nope. You’ve gotta remain open! You’re leaving me bereft. I’m sad. I’ll miss the whole gestalt, and all of you too.

  4. Matt & Michelle,
    Thank you for all of your contributions to the fabric of Nevada City. Your business will be missed, but its spirit will live on. Hopefully some other savvy restauranteur will work to fill the gap and locals will be heard helping them work to be as good as Matteo’s.
    Very best of luck in the next chapter of your journey.

  5. Well, dang. That corner was a haven for good hugs, good friends, good food, good beer,and mondo good karma. May all the goodness you served return to your family in exponential ways. Above all, love.

  6. When a hungry homeless person called me and asked if I could get a meal for him someplace, I called Matteo’s. There wasn’t a second of hesitation when I asked if I could send him for a bowl of soup or something to eat. They will be missed.

  7. I will miss your cozy corner Pub Matt. A true part of the community. Last night I went to town and just wanted to sit outside with a friend and have a beer and listen to nice music. I would have been there. No place like it to go to. thanks for all the wonderful times at your place and the fun I had playing music there.

  8. Kim Sayre — From the first time we ate at Matteo’s when we were looking for our house so we could move to this amazing town, to our many, many family lunches and date night dinners… we have loved this space! But more than the space we have loved the people who made it feel like home!

  9. Every time good service, good atmosphere, good food, good music. We could count on it! I saw Matts’s friendly face all over town, both night and day—- in other eateries just talking to owners and patrons alike. An old school ideology supporting even your competition. Matt could be seen setting up at town events early in the morning with one of those pop ups, typically helping his neighbors. A few years back, while taking pictures very early in the morning of the Nevada City Soap Box Derby, I saw him doing just that, helping another business owner with their set up— in the middle of setting up his own.
    Thank You, in a world of so many to choose from, your place had what others did not— we would come back.

  10. For me the patio with a beer a meal and some great music was a little slice of paradise and quintessential Nevada City. It was my favorite place to go, and I miss it terribly. Matt is a great guy for all he has done for the town and everyone in it. All the best for you and your family.

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