Ryman Hospitality plans to bring a little of the Music City to New York City’s Times Square.
The company, which has previously invested in the renovation of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Wildhorse Saloon, has announced plans to open a Grand Ole Opry-themed bar and music venue. According to the Tennessean, the new business will feature authentic southern cooking and will feature screens that will display performances from the Opry stage.
In recent years, ABC’s popular drama Nashville, which Ryman Hospitality invests in and co-produces, has helped put a new international spotlight on city. This renewed interest in Nashville and its endless supply of great country music gives company Chairman and CEO Colin Reed immense confidence in the project.
“There’s no doubt that Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry are the homes of country music, but the genre’s incredible growth and mainstream appeal means that there are now lovers of country music all over the world,” Reed explained. “This venue will bring to Times Square and its nearly 40 million annual global visitors a rich country music heritage and an opportunity to experience the unique country music lifestyle.”
The restaurant and venue’s name and grand opening date has not yet been announced.