Well-known local chef Henry Bronson, owner of Bistro Henry, dies

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MANCHESTER — A popular local chef who ran Bistro Henry has died.

Henry Bronson died Wednesday morning. The cause was not publicly released.

Family and friends were not ready to talk at press time. A man who answered the phone at Bistro Henry and identified himself as Bronson's son said the family was not prepared to issue a statement at this time.

Bronson, a larger-than-life personality, was well known in Manchester for his work in the community and in the kitchen. Bronson and his wife, Dina, opened Bistro Henry, located at 1942 Depot St., in 1993, according to the restaurant's website.

Friends throughout the area who were contacted expressed shock and sadness at the news.

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Realtor, musician and member of the Manchester Select Board Greg Cutler called Bronson an institution in the area.

"Henry was ... widely loved for what he did," Cutler said. "He and his restaurant were a Manchester institution. It's heartbreaking for the community."

Steven Nichols, a former Manchester Select Board member and retired award-winning chef, praised Bronson's skill in the kitchen.

"Bronson was a wonderful man and a great culinarian and sommelier," Nichols said. "He was just one of the top chefs, I believe, in the country."

Town Manager John O'Keefe called Bronson a "culinary giant in the area" and said his presence will be missed. Manchester entrepreneur Bill Drunsic said Bronson "went out of his way to make his establishment a great presence for our town and our visitors."


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