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