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Matty Walsh, owner of the Matty’s restaurant chain, is keeping a positive outloo

Economy claims more eating spots

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Faced with a changed economy and expansion that appeared to be one restaurant too many, Matty’s will close this month.

The first Matty’s saloon and restaurant in Lake Shore will close Feb. 26, seven years to the day after it opened in 2004. Saturday is the last day for the Brainerd restaurant on Highway 210 near the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. The Matty’s restaurant in Walker, which may have proved to be the undoing of them all, closed about a month ago. 

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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