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Despite its hole-in-the-wall appearance, its bartender/owner, Gene Stewart, is ____.

In that blank, I want something like "a man of mild reputation". I entertained the thought of using "the talk of the town" but I think it is too strong.

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    "reputable" seems sufficient Apr 14 '16 at 18:07
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    Gene Stewart is well-respected. Apr 14 '16 at 18:08
  • a man of good repute.
    – faustus
    Mar 23 '17 at 4:09
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Here are a few ways you could say this:

  • "Gene Stewart is quite a respectable man."

  • "Gene Stewart is well respected around town."

  • "Gene Stewart is a man everyone thinks well of."

  • "Gene Stewart is a man with a solid reputation."

If you are taking of solidity of character you could say,

"Gene Stewart is a man worth his salt."

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