I generally avoid Broadway and downtown Nashville in general. But when Eric Church opens his new bar, I’m going to have to check it out.
Early last year, Church announced that he had a new bar named Chief’s coming to downtown Nashville in the near future.
The new venue will be located at 200 Broadway, in the building that formerly housed Cotton Eyed Joe, and will be right beside John Rich’s Redneck Riviera.
Church bought the building for $24.5 million from Rich along with Ben Weprin, founder of boutique real estate investment management firm AJ Capital Partners, which also owns the famous Exit/In music venue in Nashville and is best known for its chain of Graduate Hotels across the country.
He’s also bringing in a taste of his local Carolinas by partnering with famous BBQ chef Rodney Scott, the James Beard Award-winning pitmaster and founder of Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, for the bar’s food program, which will be served from the rooftop and contain all-weather seating for visitors.
And to set itself apart from the other artist bars in downtown Nashville, Chief’s plans to feature a two-story seated music venue that would be able to host ticketed live events.
Now, Chief is showing us what we can expect when we step inside his bar for a performance.
The bar unveiled its official Instagram account this morning, and shared a glimpse of the music venue that fans have to look forward to once the bar’s completed.
This place looks incredible, with stained-glass windows around the multi-story venue reminiscent of the historic Ryman Auditorium just a few blocks away. And it’s a far cry from the bachelorette-filled honky tonks that will surround it, looking more like a place that you can go to focus on the music that made Nashville famous and not the party scene that Broadway’s become.
There’s still no word yet on exactly when Chief’s will open, but I see fans talking about it every day online, so I know it’ll be insanely popular when it does.
And with venues like this inside, it’s not hard to see why folks are so excited.
Eric Church Reveals First Look Inside Chief’s
Along with the ticketed music venue where Church has said that he’ll be playing himself, the bar will also feature more than 3,000 Church concert posters scattered all on the floor, walls, and ceiling.
It will also have a studio that’s made live for broadcasting Church’s Outsiders Radio Channel on SiriusXM, and will feature legendary Carolina pitmaster Rodney Scott, who is known for his award winning BBQ.
The restaurant will be on the rooftop as well, overlooking the skyline of Nashville.
Just judging by the pictures, this place is already living up to the hype surrounding it.
Needless to say, it’ll be a nice change of pace from the tired glitz and glam that Broadway has turned into over the years.