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LIVING LOCAL | The Back Door is a neighborhood bar, hidden in plain sight

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What makes Kentuckiana unique? Is it the food? What about people or places? Each Thursday on WDRB News at 11 p.m., we'll take a look at the people, places and things that make Kentuckiana special in a new weekly series, “Living Local.”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Back Door is the kind of place where locals go to unwind, catch up with old friends or make new ones.

"They have great food," said James Priest, a regular. "I stop here talk to my friends, we eat the food and enjoy ourselves."

"The Back Door is tucked away in an alley behind Mid City Mall in the Highlands. John Dant bought it from his brother-in-law 30 years ago and hasn't looked back since.

"I think they were originally going to call it the "Loading Zone," because it used to be a loading dock for the A&P," Dant said.

While it may look like a hole-in-the-wall, there's plenty of room for everyone, from bikers to brain surgeons, to eat, drink and play.

"I love the chicken wings," Priest said. "They're to die for."

It's five-star taste but no-frills accommodations. You have to seat yourself, order your own food and pick it up from the bar. But you know what? The regulars wouldn't have it any other way.

"What makes this place so special? Well it's a neighborhood bar," Priest said. "Everybody's friendly, and ain't nobody a stranger when they come in here."

"It's like Cheers," said Calvin Bibb, who says he's been coming to the Back Door for at least 10 years. "When we walk in the door, they greet us."

There's even a wall of fame, filled with faces of all the regulars over the years.

"I think it means a lot for an owner to be able to come in and recognize a customer ... buy them a drink," Dant said.

And that, Dant said, will never change.

The Back Door is open seven days a week, 363 days a year. It only closes Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

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