Painted across the brick exterior of Harlem Tap Room are the words, "Every Goodbye Ain't Gone." As translated by Keith Green, the third generation of the Nance family to run this bar in the Ville, the motto reminds people that leaving isn't the same thing as never coming back. And Green should know: A native St. Louisan, he moved to Atlanta for several years, but felt the pull back toward home — and toward the watering hole his grandfather, Ezell Nance Jr., founded in 1946. Green opens his doors by seven every morning (but Sunday) for thirsty third-shifters from the post office and Barnes-Jewish hospital. But the place really gets boisterous on weekend nights, when folks start dancing (and singing along with) a soul-packed jukebox, all while swilling beer, wine or spirits. Many regulars live nearby, but customers hail from the county as well as across the river. Everyone's made to feel welcome, and every goodbye ain't gone.
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