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'Five Star Dive Bar' in Elkhart named one of Yahoo Travel's best dive bars

What’s in a name? For the folks at Five Star Dive Bar in Elkhart, it’s about breaking an old myth and being more than just a dive bar.

The bar, 561 E. Jackson Blvd., represents Indiana as one of the best dive bars in the nation on a list released by Yahoo Travel on Monday, Aug. 3. 

“We are a neighborhood bar that does stuff well beyond our neighborhood.”

Yahoo Travel touted Five Star’s bar food, live entertainment and events, an element owner Jason Curtis told Flavor 574 he has focused on since day one. 

“ ’Dive bar’ brings out a whole other set of ideals to some people,” he told Flavor 574. “That it’s dirty or nasty or whatever, and that’s not us. It’s the attitude and the comfortable atmosphere of a dive bar … the concept has always been higher end offerings.” 

Though the bar’s menu spotlights burgers, it also has classic bar foods like mozzarella sticks, breaded mushrooms and more. But you won’t see those morsels falling in frozen bits from a bag and into a fryer, Curtis said. 

“We are creating food back there,” he said. 

Though craft beer lovers are welcome at the bar – there are often some craft or seasonal options from Bell’s, Goose Island or Sun King – Curtis said that’s just not what the crew at Five Star is about. 

“We kind of buck the trend on that one,” he said of the craft offerings. “Iechyd Da does a great job with that, New Paradigm is doing well and Evil Czech, too. There are plenty of places to go but we are not about that.”

In the nearly three years it has been open, Five Star Dive Bar has seen countless local and some well known musical acts pass through. Curtis said he knew Five Star would be a live music venue since the bar’s inception. 

Curtis said it was a pleasant surprise to see his business listed on Yahoo Travel, but still wants to redefine what it is to be a “dive.” 

“We are a neighborhood bar that does stuff well beyond our neighborhood.” 

Follow digital producer Danielle Waldron on Twitter @DanielleWaldron 

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