UPDATE: (according to TMZ) Looks like Steve Smith's had a change of heart in about 24 hours time -- the restaurateur has reportedly caved to public pressure and is now saying he will, in fact, be closing up all his bars and restaurants, including Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Steakhouse.
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LOLZ! Rebel without a cause!
Kid Rock's Nashville Bar "Kid Rock's’s Big Ass Honky Tonk & Rock & Roll Steakhouse" refuses to close during the coronavirus pandemic despite Mayor's orders.
According to TMZ, Mayor John Cooper issued a memorandum on Sunday, asking “bars on Lower Broadway and throughout Davidson county to close their businesses until further notice.” Steve Smith, who co-owns Big Ass Honky Tonk with Kid Rock, and also owns other bars on Lower Broadway, is going against those orders. Smith issues the statement:
“We appreciate the efforts of Mayor Cooper to combat theCOVID-19virus, 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.”
We are compassionate with those who have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus and all who are helping to manage the crisis as the entire world addresses the outbreak. 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, 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.”