Mathers’ Bar celebrating 40 years in Craig |

Mathers’ Bar celebrating 40 years in Craig

Erin Fenner
Mike Mathers stands at the bar that has been in his family for 40 years.
Erin Fenner

— Mathers’ Bar is celebrating 40 years of business Friday night.

“My dad started it 20 years before Mike and I bought it. It’s been a good business, supported a couple families,” said Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers, who co-owns the bar with his brother, Mike Mathers. “We’ve been through highs and lows in the community. I always felt like we were a real good heartbeat in the community.”

Mike Mathers agreed that the bar has seen just about everything, and he’s proud the bar is a fixture in Craig.

“It’s been a ride. I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t seen,” he said. “It’s been fun and hair-pulling not fun. But through it all, it’s been quite a ride.”

A lot has changed since they first took over the bar, Tom Mathers said.

“When we first got it, all our customers were our age, so whatever we wanted to do was in style,” he said. “Now, their kids are my customers. But it’s been a good business throughout the years.”

Mike Mathers lamented some of the change.

“It’s not the Old West anymore,” he said.

To celebrate 40 years, Virginia’s will serve hors d’oeuvres and the bar will have drink specials Friday night, Mike Mathers said. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. at the bar.

He said he appreciated his customers throughout the years.

“I’d like to thank all of my patrons for the past 40 years for making this a successful operation,” he said.

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