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Liz Davis

 

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The Old Town was one of three bars on Liberty between Main and Ashley. Sometimes, inebriated customers from the others would stagger over to Davis's domain, demanding to be served. Sometimes, she'd have to bounce them.

"I'm old school," she says. "I'm not a delicate flower. I want it to be a safe environment--and I'm not afraid of big, drunk guys." A man once came at her with a barstool but backed off when she threatened to call the cops.

As high-end restaurants have replaced blue collar bars, the neighborhood has gotten more peaceful. The Old Town itself, Davis says, has "become a restaurant with tavern hours." But bartender Misty Lyn Bergeron says Davis is still the "regulator of the environment.

"She's seen it all," Bergeron says. "You can always trust her to do the right thing."

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