The dream you never knew you had has come true! Ryman Hospitality Properties, the fine folks behind Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium, recently announced that they’re opening two new venues—one in Tennessee and one in Oklahoma—with the help of country star Blake Shelton. The future Ole Red Nashville and Ole Red Tishomingo (in Shelton’s Oklahoma hometown) will be a bar, music venue and event space all wrapped into one tall, handsome Shelton-themed package.
According to USA Today, the 26,000-square-foot Nashville honky tonk, located at 300 Broadway, will include a first-floor stage and dance floor overlooked by a mezzanine. A private event space with room for up to 450 people and kitchen facility will occupy the third and fourth floors, and on the fifth floor, the plan is for a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the city.
The Associated Press reports that the Nashville location will cost $20 million and will open in 2018, while the smaller Oklahoma location is due to open in 2017. Shelton isn’t an owner, but he will be the face of the properties. Their name is an homage to the Grand Ole Opry, and Ol’ Red, the 2001 hit song that helped made Shelton a star.
“It’s amazing to me to see a song that’s been such a big part of my career come to life in the plans for Ole Red,” Shelton said during a press conference. “Nashville and Tishomingo are both places that are important to me, and it’s great that each location is going to have its own personality inspired by one of my favorite songs. It’s always been a dream of mine to create something like this where people know they’re going to have a good time as soon as they walk in the door, and I couldn’t be more excited that my friends at the Opry and Ryman Hospitality Properties are making it happen.”