Clipped From The Californian
4FRIDAY, September 26, 2003 SOUTH COUNTY LIFE EMfoVlgI ... ...v - Jf . - 1 i t 't ' , ' A 7 r v 7 V- V- n -., -., .. L 1 RICHARD GREENTHE CALIFORNIAN Mary Pozzi, center holds of portrait of her late husband Emilio who joined her in starting Pozzi's Stampede in downtown King City in 1933, right after the end of Prohibition. Emilio Pozzi died three years ago. Three of the Mary and Emilio's children from left, Richard, Greg and Barbara Pozzi also work at the establishment King City residents still picking Pozzi's Establishment has been an institution in downtown King City since 1933 By Glenn Cravens Pozzi's Stampede has been a staple in downtown King City since shortly after Prohibition ended in 1933. The watering hole continues to be a place for residents to gather after work. - "We're really friendly with the community," community," said Barbara Pozzi, one of five family members that help run the establishment at 207 Broadway. "We get along with the residents residents and donate to charity." The place has mostly been a bar, but at times, the Pozzi family will crank up the popcorn maker, or they'll bring in leftovers from their own dinner and share it with customers. Emilio Pozzi started the bar in 1933, eight years after coming to the United States from his native Switzerland. A bartender at another restaurant, he had intentions of owning his own business. "That was his dream, to come to America and do something," Barbara Pozzi said. Emilio's employer liked his ambition and knew Pozzi was going to go on his own, "but I A le're really V V friendly with the community. We get along with the residents and donate to charity.' Barbara Pozzi, of Pozzi's Stampede he told my dad he better not go into the business on the same block (he was)" Barbara Barbara said. Emilio opened his bar with his wife, Mary. In time, residents flocked to the bar to get a cold drink and chat about their day. You know the employees because their last name b Pozzi. It's family owned and operated to this day. Although the sidewalks outside are chopped up because of downtown downtown revitalization work, residents still go to the bar after work. "They like coming to our store," Pozzi said.