Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Steakhouse in Nashville is finally closing its doors over coronavirus fears. Just yesterday, the "All Summer Long" singer and his business partner, Steve Smith, generated public outrage with the announcement that they planned to continue serving patrons at the tourist-heavy Lower Broadway location through the coronoavirus lock-down. This was in spite of the city's mayor calling for all bars and restaurants to close.
“In cooperation with the Mayor’s office, Tootsie’s, Honky Tonk Central and Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk have closed to help protect public health,” read a new statement sent to Variety. “Rippy’s and The Diner [restaurants also owned by Smith] will operate under the guidelines set forth for restaurants and take precautions to keep our staff and patrons safe. We hope to continue working with local officials to minimize the hardship this puts on our over 800 staff members and 300+ musicians."
This new tone of compliance follows a previous statement, which found Kid Rock and his business partner calling the edict to close as "unconstitutional," and would wait for word from the state's governor before shuttering.