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John Ahern, Founder of Cardinal Puff’s Restaurant and Bar, Has Died

Sad news from Cardinal Puff’s: John Ahern, founder, manager, and owner of Cardinal Puff’s, passed away on July 16 after a long battle with diabetes. There will be an informal gathering to celebrate his life tomorrow (August 1) from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Ozona’s Restaurant and Bar.

For over 20 years, Cardinal Puff’s was a rocking bar. The place closed in 1992 after Ahern lost a fight with his landlord who leased the property to John Pate who opened Ozona’s . Eric Celeste wrote this story about the nasty feud. Rest in peace, John.