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Joe's Older than Dirt to close by Oct. 31

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After 78 years, Joe’s Older than Dirt is about to bite the dust.

The neighborhood bar and restaurant in Lyndon, which says it was established in 1937, will close by Oct. 31, said Caytie Sanders, the business’ manager and daughter of owners Gary and Janet Gish.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Sanders said the bar – at 8131 New La Grange Road – will soon have a new landlord with “other plans” for the property. She declined to elaborate.

She added that her parents are “slowing down” and no longer want the stress of owning a business.

In July, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service filed a pair of federal tax liens for a combined $164,000 against Joe's Older than Dirt LLC.

But Sanders the IRS issues played no role in the decision to close the bar, and that her parents have made arrangements to settle the tax debt.

"They’ve worked that out with the government," she said.

Sanders said employees of the bar – some of whom have worked there 15 years or more – were told of the closing over the weekend, as the owners hope to give them enough time to find new jobs.

“We’re a family bar, and this is my family… We wanted to make sure all of our employees have been taken care of,” Sanders said.

She added that her parents wanted to allow customers – some of whom met their spouse or proposed at Joe’s -- to have one last visit.

“It is such a Louisville institution,” Sanders said. “We want to give everybody the opportunity to be able to come back to the spot they know and love.”

The real estate has been owned by Lyndon Investment Inc. of Clearwater, Florida, since 1992, and no recent sale has been recorded in public records.

Sanders said her family has owned the business for about 10 years. Other than brief interruptions between owners for new liquor licenses, she said the bar has continuously operated since 1937.

The building was built in 1938, according to Jefferson County PVA records.

The bar is also known for the moose statue that sits out front facing the road.

Sanders said she doesn’t know the origin of the stately moose.

“It has been there for as long as I can remember,” she said.

Jon Dean, a customer for more than 20 years, said the closing is "like having a dear old friend pass away.”

"When the Cardinals are playing and they're on television, this is the place we want to be, so we come over and eat and hoot and holler and just have a big time,” Dean said.

“Joe’s has been a local gathering spot for years and it will be missed,” said Lyndon Mayor Susan Barto. 

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