Country star Dierks Bentley recently announced some big plans for the coming year to expand his bar business to the Music City’s historic Lower Broadway.
According to the Nashville Business Journal, “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” will open in early 2017, giving Bentley’s crew ample time to measure up against the other honky tonks and watering holes nearby.
On Jan. 7, leaders of development company C.B. Ragland Co. announced the $7.5 million purchase of the 14,500-square-foot building at 400 Broadway along with the company’s plans to work with Riot Hospitality Group to operate the restaurant.
“Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks are the stomping grounds of countless artists past to present chasing this crazy dream of playing music,” Bentley said in a statement. “It is home of the bars where I cut my teeth night after night, usually running up a beer tab bigger than the tips I made covered.”
Although far removed from this thankless reality, the country star appears eager to create a cheerful new space for the younger string pickin’ singer-songwriters just starting to be heard.
“It’s pretty full-circle to think that we’re getting the chance to open one of my bars, backing right up to the Ryman Auditorium, where other artists will look back on as the place they got their start too.”
Over the past three years, Bentley has opened two other Whiskey Row restaurants in Tempe and Scottsdale, AZ. Bentley’s four-story bar in Nashville will feature 50 signature cocktails and beers on tap, along with three different stages for live music and a scenic rooftop deck area.