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Kid Rock's Nashville Honky Tonk's Beer License Temporarily Suspended For Violating Pandemic Health Rules

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The 14 Nashville businesses issued citations over the weekend for failing to follow COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health orders include Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Rock 'n' Roll Steakhouse. As a result of its pandemic health rules violations, Kid Rock's honky-tonk was issued a five-day beer permit suspension on Thursday (June 18) by the Metropolitan Beer Permit Board.

Kid Rock's bar plus Moxie Nashville Downtown, Broadway Brewhouse and Nudie's Honky Tonk were caught serving patrons at the bar on Saturday, which is against the rules during Nashville's current phase of its reopening plan.

"They were in violation of two points of the order that states bar areas must remain closed to the public," said inspector Melvin Brown to the Tennessean. "No interaction with the public is allowed, and alcohol can only be served at tables and booths."

Per a press release, Dr. Michael Caldwell, director of the Metro Public Health Department, paid a visit to Kid Rock's Lower Broadway establishment on Saturday night after receiving a complaint Friday night.

Caldwell issued a citation Saturday "for serving people that were seated at the bar and for not observing proper social distancing inside the establishment."

Kid Rock's honky tonk violated Public Health Emergency Order 6, which also states: "When possible, tables will be placed on dance floors or dance floor area will be cordoned off to deter gathering."

Kid Rock's bar faced negative attention over the weekend when a photo posted to social media by Nashville-based drummer Jerry Roe showed a packed house, with few aside from the bartenders wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

A decision on the amount of the citation's fine will be made during a court appearance.

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Kid Rock's Honky Tonk wasn't the only downtown business owned by Steve Smith hit with a citation. Smith's Honky Tonk Central is among the 13 additional Nashville restaurants or bars cited by health officials.

"We find it very unfair that Mayor (John) Cooper can encourage thousands of people to march with him in violation of his own phases, but he wants to hold the Nashville business community hostage," says Smith's legal counsel, Brian Lewis, to the Tennessean.

Other businesses cited include fast food restaurants failing to follow Order 4, which requires posted signage asking customers to wear a facial covering and requiring employees to wear masks while interacting with the public.

Nashville Businesses Facing Citations

  • 51st Deli (1314 51st Ave N.), Order 4
  • Honky Tonk Central (329 Broadway), Order 6
  • Jonathan's Grille (717 3rd Ave N), Order 4
  • Jonathan's Grille (7653 Hwy 70 S), Order 6
  • Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Rock 'n' Roll Steakhouse (221 Broadway), Order 6
  • Nashville Underground (105 Broadway), Order 6
  • Popeye's (3550 Murfreesboro Pike), Order 4
  • Sam's Bar & Grill (2001 Lakeshore Dr.), Order 6
  • Scoreboard Bar & Grill (2408 Music Valley Dr.), Order 6
  • Sonic (7679 Hwy 70 S), Order 4
  • Sperry's (5109 Harding Pike), Order 4 and Order 6
  • Taco Bell (4000 Nolensville Pike), Order4 and Order 6
  • Thai Phooket (915 Rivergate Pkwy), Order 4
  • Wingstop (127 Gallatin Pike N.), Order 4

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