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The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

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ORAL HISTORY

Chris Conner


Highlands Bar & Grill

Chris Conner, born in 1969, grew up in Gadsden, Alabama. In 1992, He stopped to greet a friend in downtown Birmingham who was talking with Highlands bartender Mick Reavey. At the time, Conner was a hydraulics salesman who had just moved to Birmingham. Reavey subsequently offered him a job. Highlands was then open for lunch, and the bar was open all day. Conner started bartending days. Soon after, he quit his sales job and began bartending nights.

Conner jokes that he’s still in sales, but the customers now come to him. And the products are a little different. Times change. For guests who don’t drink alcohol, Conner first introduced a temperance menu in 1995.

Date of interview:
2018-12-10

Interviewer:
Eric Velasco

Photographer:
SFA Archives

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