Rumor has it Garth Brooks is planning to open his own honky tonk on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, and although it’s just speculation for now, it’s not hard to imagine.
According to a report in Nashville Business Journal, “multiple” unnamed sources say a deal is in fact underway. Brooks is reportedly eyeing the building at 411 Broadway, which was sold last December for $47.9 million ($20 million more than four years earlier!), and public documents do link Brooks’ team to the deal.
Although he has not made any mention of a honky tonk, All Access says Brooks’ business manager and attorney are both listed on the building’s public sale documents. If it happens, Brooks would be just the latest in a long list of country stars opening their own Broadway bar/restaurants — but in typical fashion, his plan would likely be unique.
Most other artists, from Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton to Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, simply license their name to another company to use. The stars help design the space and approve the overall theme, but other than that, they are hands off — and they don’t actually own the business. But, if Brooks’ team has bought this building outright, he may want complete control and ownership over the venture.
As the former Paradise Park (and most recently Downtown Sporting Club), the building itself is pretty big and should offer Brooks plenty of room to get creative. Can you imagine a Friends In Low Places bar, that also includes a restaurant featuring the recipes of Trisha Yearwood — Brooks’ wife and host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on the Food Network?
Whether it happens or not, the story is more evidence of the upscale-ization of Nashville’s world-famous musical dive bars. Other recent additions include Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rose (opened in 2021), and Eric Church recently confirmed his plans to open a massive, six-story bar and BBQ concept called Chief.