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Lexington spot offers 'No politics' respite from impeachment

Posted at 8:07 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 08:07:31-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — This week, on televisions across the country, millions of Americans will have the chance to watch the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump unfold minute by minute.

But if you want to get away from all the noise, you can go to Chevy Chase Inn, the oldest bar in Lexington.

"All we're going to do is talk about UK sports and tell lies about the fish you caught over the summer," said Kevin Heathcoat, the owner of Chevy Chase Inn. "Stick to your lies, not your politics."

The jovial face of Chevy Chase Inn, Heathcoat keeps things light inside. One way he's been able to do that is by enforcing the "No politics" rule.

"We would never tell somebody to leave for talking politics," Heathcoat joked. "We would just embarrass them in front of all their friends."

Heathcoat instituted the rule after the 2016 election, when tensions inside boiled over.

"Where we are today in our political system, obviously everybody has strong opinions about what’s going on," said Heathcoat. "I don’t need that in my bar."

That is a promise he plans on sticking to -- especially with the 2020 election approaching.