Despite an order from the city of Nashville, Kid Rock has refused to shut down his bar.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper ordered all restaurants to cut their capacity in half. All bars were ordered to close. Kid Rock’s bar in the Lower Broadway section of Nashville continues to welcome customers despite the mounting threat of the coronavirus.
After Cooper issued the order Steve Smith, the restaurateur who co-owns Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk & Steakhouse wrote a response making it clear he would not be shutting down the establishment.
“We appreciate the efforts of Mayor 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,” Smith wrote.
Smith stated that he was sympathetic to the people who have contracted the virus, but stated that the government was overstepping.
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“[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,” he said. “In response, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Rippy’s, Honky Tonk Central, 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.”
Kid Rock has not publicly commented on the situation.