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Bob and Greg Rentz (left and right, respectively) opened the Purple Pub in 1972 with the help of their parents. The restaurant celebrates 40 years of business on Sunday, April 15.

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Forty years of purple

Forty years ago, the Purple Pub in Watervliet was a one-room bar with eight bar stools, some tables and a menu of sandwiches. Now, it has three dining rooms and an extensive menu of Italian and pub fare favorites that have made the family-owned restaurant a community staple.


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