Dolly Parton Is Opening A Hotel In Downtown Nashville & Thank God It’s Not Another Artist-Owned Bar

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Ever wanted to live like Dolly? Well soon you may be able to…kind of.

The country music queen is 77 years old, but isn’t showing any signs of slowing down when it comes to growing her already-massive empire.

Aside from her incredible music career, Dolly Parton has set herself apart in the business world with her Dollywood theme park in her hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, her Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner theater, and her recently opened HeartSong Lodge & Resort, also in Pigeon Forge.

But now it looks like she’s got her eyes on taking over Nashville too.

Of course the trend recently has been for artists to open their own bars on Broadway, in the heart of downtown Music City. Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and most recently Garth Brooks have all put their names on “honky tonks” (I’m using that word very loosely) in recent years.

But Dolly didn’t become the most successful woman in country music history by following the trends: She makes her own trends.

So instead of another artist-owned bar in Nashville (which, let’s be honest, are all the same), Dolly is eyeing a new hotel in downtown Nashville, just off of Broadway.

According to the Nashville Business Journal, Dolly recently bought the former office building located at 211 Commerce Street, for a whopping $75 million. The 233,000 square foot, 11-story building, which is directly beside Nashville’s famous “Batman Building,” first opened in 2000 and currently features restaurants and retail space on the street level.

But Dolly apparently hopes to turn the building from an office where people work “9-5” to a…well I can’t think of another Dolly Parton pun, but she wants to turn it into a hotel.

In a statement on the purchase, Dolly didn’t confirm the plans just yet, but said that the property was a great investment:

“Since the pandemic, commercial real estate is becoming an opportunity. I strongly believe in the future of Nashville and feel this is a great investment.”

And while the Vice President of the Dollywood Company, Pete Owens, confirmed the purchase of the building, he wouldn’t reveal plans for the property just yet.

But when opening her hotel in the Smoky Mountains last month, Dolly joked that people are calling her a “hotelier” now.

Doesn’t sound like she’s wasting any time in living up to that title.

And as great as I’m sure a Dolly Parton bar would be, good for her for not caving to the trends and doing something different than every other artist in Nashville right now.

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