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Bristol's 620 State Restaurant offers quality food in a unique atmosphere

August 7th, 2013 8:49 am by Katina Rose

Bristol's 620 State Restaurant offers quality food in a unique atmosphere

It is always a good feeling for a patron to leave a restaurant knowing they have dined at a locally-owned restaurant, while enjoying great food in a unique atmosphere with live entertainment.  It is a win/win situation for the entire community and that is exactly what 620 State Restaurant in Bristol aims to provide.

This restaurant, located in the middle of State Street in Downtown Bristol, has a management staff excited about being a vital part of the community.  Dustin Morelock, general manager, has been involved in the restaurant business since he was 16 and has worked with the Stir Fry Group, which 620 State Restaurant is a part of, for approximately five years.  He has been involved in the Bristol location since the very beginning and wants to embrace and play an active role with local residents and business owners.

As Morelock points out, a unique thing about the Stir Fry Group is that they are a local business and have locations in all three downtown areas of the Tri-Cities.  He said that customers are sometimes surprised to find out they are a local restaurant because of the professional look of the restaurant and the menu.  

In regards to the menu, Chris Coble, Head Chef at 620 State Street, has an extensive menu with everything from sushi to American comfort food.  They incorporate into their daily specials fresh local produce from River Valley Farm, Abingdon Organics and Kyhunly Herb Farm. Wine from local winery, Reedy Creek, is served at the restaurant, along with locally-produced beer.  

The staff members at 620 State Restaurant want to become a permanent and valuable part of the community.  They are excited to participate in a future fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  In October, they will be featuring female musicians and the door charge will go to the American Cancer Society.  

Another feature Morelock is proud of at the Bristol location is their stage and sound system for live music. As a musician, Morelock understands the needs for a band to set up easily and had a stage built in the restaurant that accommodates visiting bands. There is live music every Friday night along with special events, such as salsa dancing.  

Tuesday night is half-price sushi and, on Thursday evenings, there are bourbon-featured specials. In the fall, Saturdays and Sundays will include NFL drink specials.

The unique properties of the building, formerly the King’s Department Store, and the outdoor patio seating facing State Street make the location ideal for a night out with friends or family. For a relaxing Friday evening out, the music lineup for August includes Ryan Ward on Aug. 9 and Roots of a Rebellion on Aug. 16.

For more information on 620 State Restaurant, a menu and a list of upcoming live events, go to or “Like” 620 State Restaurant and Venue on Facebook. 

The restaurant opens at 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, and at noon on weekends, serving lunch and dinner every day along with take out and catering services. Reservations are not required, but you may contact the restaurant at 423-652-0314.

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