The clock strikes midnight. It’s Wednesday—or it was—but students continue to pulse to “Mr. Brightside,” unaware of the coming morning. Kim Cates glides from a corner of the bar, which she affectionately named “Lacrosse Alley,” toward the mass of tangled bodies that now spills across the dancefloor. Her eyes scan the crowd. She’s on the lookout. But for what? Cates is the owner and manager of Shooters II Saloon, a staple for Duke student nightlife. Her bar’s success has made her a household name in the surrounding community. She’s frequently listed in The Chronicle’s “Who’s Who at Duke” alongside administrators like President Vincent Price and Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs. At a petite five feet tall, Cates quietly patrols her territory watching for disorderly conduct. She’s wearing chains of bullets, which have been refashioned into jewelry, on her neck and wrists to be in theme with the honky-tonk saloon. She’s 50 years old. This year, her bar turns 20. Cates is a Durham native, known for her southern charm and her no-nonsense attitude. The combination of these qualities have made her a savvy business-owner, drawing students to the local bar every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. But what is her relationship to the Duke community beyond a shared zip code? For Cates, the connection is obvious—she developed an unbreakable bond with the Duke men’s lacrosse team. The rest is history. “It’s a bond I don’t think could ever be broken,” Cates said.