The city of Nashville continues to show no fear in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. After viral video circulated over the weekend of a packed nightclub in the city's downtown area, Detroit rocker Kid Rock's co-owner has revealed that he won't be closing his restaurant in the city, despite the city's mayor requesting that all bars and restaurant's comply.
Kid Rock's spot is among a group of establishments who say they won't kowtow to the mayor's wishes to close bars and restaurants during the coronavirus crisis.
"We appreciate the efforts of Mayor [John] Cooper to combat the COVID-19 virus, but unless there's a statewide mandate that directs all bars and restaurants to be closed, the request made by Mayor Cooper is unconstitutional as he is targeting a select group of businesses," wrote Steve Smith, co-owner of Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Steakhouse and other establishments in Nashville's popular Lower Broadway district.
"We are compassionate with those who have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus and all who are helping manage the crisis as the entire world addresses this outbreak,” the statement continues. “However, a Tootsie's patron as immediate as last night, mentioned having lived through the polio epidemic and didn't recall such extreme measures being handed down in history. In response, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Rippy's, Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Steakhouse and the Diner will continue to remain open to serve the public until such statewide mandate is issued from the governor of Tennessee."
Nashville’s Mayor Cooper has declared a public health emergency, closing down bars in the Lower Broadway area and other locations in Davidson County while reducing capacity in other establishments.
JUST IN: Several bars on Lower Broadway, including popular Tootsies, Honky Tonk Central, Kid Rock’s bar, will remain OPEN after Nashville mayor asked them to close over #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/LfGJ1ZfzoU— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) March 15, 2020